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Hack on 2.2

  • Hey folks – I’m no code whiz, but I knew something was up when I began to receive tons of comment notifications at 5:35 this afternoon through my http://www.quiltshome.com site. The spam didn’t carry an IP address or anything – like it was computer generated. When I went to the site I discovered that someone had hacked the backend, with an error on a file entitled “wp_comments.MYI” I couldn’t make any changes from the backend, such as deactivating my plugins, writing an entry, etc.

    I don’t know what I did to fix the site – honestly. I did replace all the 2.2 files with a backup of the 2.2 files on my hard drive. Plus, I needed to refresh my permalinks, as they were fubared – the permalinks led to an older version of my site.

    The good news – the files/entries were untouched, and I was able to restore the site after a few breaks to think about what I needed to do. Oh – when I backed up the site through my phpadmin, the backup was small and contained nothing but references to that “wp_comments” file.

    I wish I could tell you all what happened and how the site was corrupted, but since it was a ‘hack’ on my end (along with a panic attack), I can’t tell you what was corrupted or how I fixed it. BUT, with that said, I thought it might be a good idea to let someone know that the new 2.2 was hacked, albeit by an amatuer.

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  • whooami



    you haven’t provided any information that indicates that your site was hacked, im sorry.

    The error you saw was a mysql error caused by a corrupted table — if you got hit hard with a flurry of spam comments — that probably caused it. Thats NOT un-normal.

    I can assure you that if someone, even an amateur “hacked” your site, you would have more to worry about then a a comments table needing a repair.




    Install some decent spam plugins, namely spam karma 2 and askimet, perhaps..

    problem solved.

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