I bin haxxz0rd

A few days ago, njmatsuya.com was “hacked” by someone calling themselves “snipper-baggydad” (precise name changed just so that this individual doesn’t get more search engine hits).  Probably exploiting the fact that I hadn’t updated to the latest 2.8.4 WordPress build, they were able to reset the admin account and subsequently change my index page to what was essentially an advertisement for the hacker’s services (for what, I don’t know… security bug exploitation?).

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Whatever the case, I’m glad that I had already setup an auto-backup to take place on a weekly basis and was able to restore all my posts from that.  There are a few things I still need to fix up, but overall I think I’m in fairly decent shape.

The thing that most surprised me about this was… why me?  My blog has so little “presence” on the web – just a few friends and family are aware of its existence.  What on earth prompted a wannabe hacker to target my site?  Boredom?  Or just nothing better to do?  It just seems.. rather…a waste of the person’s time and supposed talents.  Ah well, hopefully it won’t happen again.  It certainly not the end of the world when it happens, but it is rather annoying.  At least it does show the importance of backups! 🙂

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