In my Feedly, ehm, feed I have 2 posts that kinda-sorta make it look like was hacked… They are named:

  1. Olà, mundo! Posted April 16, 8.14 PM by memyself
  2. No title found (body reads: hey, there is a security breache in your website….). Posted April 16, 8.14 PM by memyself

Not sure what it means, but wanted to let you guys know.

Conversation 15 comments

  • wright_is

    Premium Member
    17 April, 2018 - 7:45 am

    <p>Allegedly, during the spam prevention measures, they managed to delete the site… </p><p>When I was trying to surf the site yesterday evening, I landed on the WordPress installation pages! I could have set a password and installed the site from new.</p><p>I guess somebody may have used this period to post that… When I came back this morning, the site was back online. The link went to the Windows delayed post.</p><p>Either somebody did hack the site completely and they had to re-install or during the recovery, somebody managed to get a post out as they were doing the recovery.</p>

    • noocyte

      17 April, 2018 - 7:56 am

      <blockquote><a href="#263408"><em>In reply to wright_is:</em></a></blockquote><p>Thank you for responding. Do you know if there's a Forum post explaining this? </p>

      • wright_is

        Premium Member
        17 April, 2018 - 8:16 am

        <blockquote><a href="#263409"><em>In reply to noocyte:</em></a></blockquote><p>I haven't seen one, there is a short note on this page:</p><p> </p><p><strong><em>Note:</em></strong><em> While trying to address a comment spam-related issue, we inadvertently deleted our live content database earlier today. So after recovering our site backup, I had to repost this article. Unfortunately, we lost any earlier comments to the original version. —Paul</em></p><p>There were also some comments on other stories that have gone missing.</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      17 April, 2018 - 9:48 am

      <blockquote><a href="#263408"><em>In reply to wright_is:</em></a></blockquote><p>What I wrote is what happened. There was no hacking/whatever. Just old-fashioned human error and a good lesson in why backups really are important. </p>

    • Tim

      Premium Member
      17 April, 2018 - 10:02 am

      <blockquote><a href="#263408"><em>In reply to wright_is:</em></a></blockquote><p><br></p><p>To be clear, this wasn't directly related to SPAM, it was merely what was being worked on at the time. </p>

      • hrlngrv

        Premium Member
        17 April, 2018 - 7:55 pm

        <p><a href="#263434"><em>In reply to Tim:</em></a></p><p>Everyone needs a <strong>rm -rf /*</strong> moment once in their life.</p>

        • wright_is

          Premium Member
          17 April, 2018 - 11:31 pm

          <blockquote><a href="#263667"><em>In reply to hrlngrv:</em></a></blockquote><p>In this case, it seems more like a DROP DATABASE;</p>

  • Brad Sams

    Premium Member
    17 April, 2018 - 8:17 am

    <p>The site was not hacked, the site was accidentally deleted during some back-end work that we are doing to optimize the site…obviously not ideal.</p><p><br></p><p>When that happened, the default install page showed up in that 20 minute period and someone posted a few comments on a template page that showed up.</p><p><br></p><p>Nothing was hacked, no data stolen, we restored a backup from Sunday.</p>

    • kherm

      Premium Member
      17 April, 2018 - 8:28 am

      <blockquote><a href="#263413"><em>In reply to brad-sams:</em></a></blockquote><p>Glad that everything is back to normal. </p>

    • noocyte

      17 April, 2018 - 8:43 am

      <blockquote><a href="#263413"><em>In reply to brad-sams:</em></a></blockquote><p>Good to know. I think you should've added an official post on this, as some of us are somewhat paranoid… ;)</p>

      • arunphilip

        17 April, 2018 - 10:11 am

        <blockquote><a href="#263418"><em>In reply to noocyte:</em></a></blockquote><p><br></p><p>For a site that often complains about Microsoft not communicating effectively, the absence of formal comms about this issue is a bit ironic. I think we can all agree that it is easier to be a critic (myself included), than it is to do the right thing. </p>

        • noocyte

          18 April, 2018 - 2:10 am

          <blockquote><a href="#263436"><em>In reply to arunphilip:</em></a></blockquote><p>I had the exact same thought! Bad comparison (size, severity, impact etc.), but I really like the way the VSTS team does "post mortem" on issues with their service. We could all learn a lot from them! :)</p>

    • Simard57

      17 April, 2018 - 8:44 am

      <blockquote><a href="#263413"><em>In reply to brad-sams:</em></a></blockquote><p>oops!</p><p><br></p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      17 April, 2018 - 9:47 am

      <blockquote><a href="#263413"><em>In reply to brad-sams:</em></a></blockquote><p>What he said.</p>

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