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Restoring to a previous version (because of being hacked)

  1. Hello,

    Recently (3rd November 2012), my blog -ben483s.wordpress.com - was hacked or exploited and as a result, all of my pages were permanently deleted and replaced with profanities.

    I am writing to ask whether there is any way you can restore my blog to a version previous to 3rd November 2012? I spent a lot of time of the pages and had many followers and fans of the blog, and it has been going for over a year. The whole thing has been upsetting and I am really hopeful you can do something to help.

    Many thanks in advance for your help,
    Ben.
    Blog url: http://ben483s.wordpress.com/

  2. The only “hacked” sites I have seen here have been people getting the password somehow to a site so you do want to be careful how you log in and use a tough password.

    You should also check to make sure that someone has not added a new user to your site. Problems have also happened when there was more than one Admin. and an Admin left on less than graceful terms.

    Dashboard >> Users

    Many times a users email is hacked or the password guessed and the email account is used to get access by requesting a password reset – you need to change your email password and make sure they nobody has been added to your email account.

    You should also run a virus check on you PC to make sure your PC does not have a security issue that has compromised your email or WordPress.COM log-in information (also your bank etc. if you do online banking or retirement accounts)

    There have also been a few Posts on “hacked” sites and it was because someone got the Post by Email address and using the Post by Email to send in new Posts, if you have Post by email disable the Post by Email and regenerate the address. Spammers have scripts the generate email addresses and they sometimes can get a valid address for a Post by Email address.

    If you are really concerned you could as the staff to look at your site: h

    You could also use a secure log-in in case you are on an unsecured link: http://en.support.wordpress.com/https/

  3. The posts were altered and deleted by an Administrator on your site and therefore cannot be recovered.

    Please read this warning from the support site:
    "Warning: Please be very careful when adding a new Administrator user to your blog. Other Administrators are effectively co-owners. They have as much power over your blog as you do, including the ability to permanently delete it, and the power to remove you from your own blog."
    http://support.wordpress.com/adding-users/

    If an Administrator deletes a blog, it is NOT hacking.

    Please only give users the MINIMUM rights needed to write on your blog such as Contributor or Author. If you give other users Administrator rights, then that means they will have full control of the blog and they can delete it without hacking. If you give other users Editor rights, then they can delete any posts from the blog without hacking. Authors can only edit and delete their own posts.
    http://support.wordpress.com/user-roles/

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