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August 31st, 2010

Malware Scare

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Phew, I woke up yesterday with a message in my inbox that my email address was triggering their antivirus.

I rush right over and click onto my blog only to find out that Google has flagged it for having malware.

Reported Attack Site in bright red!

Scaaary.

I couldn’t even log into my wordpress account because of that big red malware scare.

Of course, I panicked thinking that my blog had been hacked.

Yet, I remained cool and just followed Google’s suggestion to go to Webmaster Central and run my Google Analytics.

This pointed me in the direction of a plugin (Reaction Buttons) that was being flagged.

Since I couldn’t log into WordPress to remove it, I logged into my webhost and then my webftp.

I deleted the plugin and submitted my blog for a review with Google.

After a nail biting night, I awoke to my blog being as good as new.

Yeah!

Let me tell you…I never want to go through all of that again.

Not to mention the money that I missed out on while my site was done.

Boo!

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1 comment to Malware Scare

  • I’m the one who sent you the warning the other day. Sorry if it upset you.

    Since you’re running wordpress, I recommend the following plugins: WP Optimize (this helps you change your login from Admin to something no one else can guess), WordPress File Monitor, which will email you whenever anything on your site changes (other than a post being added). I had the malware injected into the pages of both of my sites. It seems common if you have an older site that once ran Greymatter or MovableType (both of my sites have had those programs on it), so change your root directory’s permissions, too. WordPress is database run, so you won’t need to have your root directory’s security compromised to run it.
    .-= Jamie´s last blog ..Les éclats de Lumière =-.

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