I guess it was bound to happen.. There I was happily tweeting away (on twitter obviously) and @jopkins told me something was up with my site.. I myself tweeted what had happened and @loudmouthman of Reduced Hackers was as ever the most easy to hear over the twitter static.
He told me to call him and I did immediately. Less than eight minutes later my site was back up and Nik had fixed it in the simplest of ways by first assessing all of the possibilities and then simply dropping a new index.php file onto my server.
He gave me some invaluable tips on how to protect myself in different ways from other possible attacks and did all of this whilst simultaneously dealing with a client in another part of the UK!
I have changed all of my passwords that could have been compromised but we won’t know for sure how they got in until we get the log files back from www.nxs.nl. Needless to say I have backed up again and realise i am more than a little lucky. Lucky because in about ten years of having websites this is only the second time that this has happened.. The first time was a nightmare. The difference now, is that with a single tweet, an expert like Nik came to the rescue and sorted it out in around half an hour.
Not wanting to give him too much advertisement, the hacker is Turkish and had placed a page protesting against what he was calling.. ‘Stop Bush Crusade II’. I am wondering if I was targeted as @Delboydare suggested because I have a short photo piece on Kurdistan.. We may never know.
Thanks to all of the other Twitterati that came to my aid with advice and suggestions as to what may have happened and how to sort it. There is a massive writhing beast of knowledge and skill out there in the collective mind.
We are connected.. with our fingers on the keyboards and our eyes fixed to screens.. It is almost as if the technology were grafted to our beings. We are the Twitter Borg.
[Check back in a little while and we may know more about how they got in to the site in the first place.]