Apologies and Good News

8 Sep

So, as I mentioned before, I had a hack on the site. There was a big hack, actually, as someone found an exploit in a lot of WordPress themes all at once, which was a thing my own theme uses. I fixed it by updating the theme and getting rid of the nasty malware (which was, in fact, a redirect that infected zero people) immediately — like, sometime last week. But there were crap files left on my server space that needed cleaned, and I didn’t know how where to begin trying to find them. An issue, since I, like so many other writers, am my own webmaster.

But it’s alllllll good now. I spent the first part of the Week After Labor Day looking at malware and badware pwning sites. Found this service, who for a very reasonable fee — and, I might add, with zero access to my server, site, etc — told me how to find where the bad stuff was and inform google that I’m not a bad guy. So… for real this time, it seems to be sorted out. I really apologize for all the warnings, but rest assured, nothing actually bad came of this. I’m kind of baffled as to why they even bothered, really, as it doesn’t seem like anyone is terribly fooled by their attempts to redirect us to Russian Viagra ads from inane websites, but hey. What do I know. Maybe they’re just in it for the chaos.

I feel the same sometimes, so whatever, man. Just keep out of my, uh, back door. Yeah.

They did cost me a few bucks, but just a few. And it was worth it not to have to scrap this entire site, which I’ve finally got to behave just how I want. That woulda been a shame.

So yeah, apologies, but it’s okay now. Really. Even my own strict antivirus and google are letting me see my site again, so I feel it’s safe to post and to go and reply to other posts, now. Score.

Oh, and the good news is that SCRIPPED is sorted for the end of the month. Which officially means that this week doesn’t have to end as crap as it began. Fuck yeah! <3 <3 <#

(That last heart up there, see, it exploded. Cuz it’s so happy. See!)

6 Responses to “Apologies and Good News”

  1. Corinne September 9, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    Scripped yay! I bet all these delays are just to make us want it even more. I’m on to you guys.

    Also, I’m glad your website is sorted out now. I hate it when problems are so persistent :/

    • Katey September 9, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

      Yeah and I’m pretty much a failure at technology, in that I just learn what I need as I go. So the good news is that now I know how to look for backdoor badfiles. The bad news is… ouch!

      :D

  2. Tricia September 9, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Glad you got that all fixed up. The hack is making me re-think my new website plans. Also, when you tell me you have the copy of Scripped in your hands, I may show up at your door to feel the actual book in my hands and celebrate lots with beers and alcohol. Hey…it’s a special occasion.

    • Katey September 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

      You will get a copy of the actual book about two days after I will, cuz I’ll get mine and yours at the same time and then send yours racing down to Louisiana!

      And yeah, beers and alcohol. We’d TOTALLY need a special occasion to indulge in THAT.

  3. Milo James Fowler September 9, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    I just assumed my work computer was blocking your site due to the colorful language. =]

    • Katey September 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

      My brother’s work does!

      Granted, he’s a high school music teacher. But hey. ;)

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