Hacked; In Temporary Home

My website was hacked for the 2nd time in 3 months, so I have moved into WordPress. com. Please pardon the dust. I had four sidebars at my last blog and now I must make do with one. I was working on making a sidebar for each book. Sigh.

The problem is my domain provider refuses to upgrade their MySql to the latest version, even though the version they are using has a known vulnerability where a malicious user can change your MySql password and do whatever the heck they want. The fix that I was able to use last time did not work this time, so I gave up and moved to WordPress.com.  I will probably become a premium user in very short order, or I will find a much more professional web host provider. I guess I know what I will be doing this weekend!

Fortunately, the posts and pages were not corrupted. I checked. The hack does not manifest itself here So I was able to import the content of my site. I am not sure how long I’ll be able to keep my images; when I move to a permanent home, all my images will most likely evaporate. I’ll have to find something better than hosting my images at my site.

So I am sad. I worked very hard on that website, and much of that work was wasted due to a malicious user.

12 thoughts on “Hacked; In Temporary Home

    • Thanks. I am glad you found me.

      I was going to write to you last night, but because of the MySql issue and the fact that I do not have the power to change it, I am here at WordPress.

      Still trying to figure out what to do next. I’ll either find a premier Linux-based hosting provider, or I’ll go pro here. However, I want to be able to get to my directory structure at my new blog. I am amazed that all my images have not vanished since the redirect, but I will need to somehow figure out how to move my images (the easy part) and repoint all the links to the new image location (the hard part).


      • Gah. I’m shifting my website to WordPress because the way the current one was set up, I can’t make any changes and updates myself (I don’t feel like learning a bunch of stuff in order to do so). My new web-person is taking care of the change-over for me, and then hopefully I will be able to be more self sufficient..

        Good luck with your new home!


        • Thanks. WordPress ported the images over so I don’t have that problem, but there is the question of newsletter subscribers who have joined in the past two months; I’ll be losing them with the site. Also, I am going to be severely limited here even with paying for premium service. I probably will do so anyway just so I can have a year or so without worrying about it.


  1. Ugh. I don’t like it nearly as much as the old blog. But I cannot afford for this to happen again, and I think the chances of it doing so are much slighter on WordPress itself. Fortunately, I found a flexible theme, so things are going to change around here rapidly for another day or so.


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