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Traditional Art deleted as Pornography

  1. Does wordpress realize that deleting life drawings of art students blogs will trigger a mass migration away from wodpress? I had a page (clearly marked) for life drawings on my site, where almost all of the content was completely removed from the page without so much as an email from the admins. This has also apparently happened to a lot of other students going to my school, where it's required to post at least 2 life drawings on our site. While initially mad, I understand that there's not many results I can get from people who view traditional staples in an art education as pornography. I'm just writing to tell you that if you continue to do this... my entire school, which uses wordpress from it's portfolio websites will be forced to look elsewhere. I'm just thankful I have my files backed up in case of any more indiscriminate deleting that wordpress staff might choose to enact.
    As more a portfolio site, I'm probably also going to have to move to another service provider because of this issue. (They could have at least sent a warning email.)
    Blog url: http://chernandezanimation.wordpress.com/

  2. bryanvillarin
    Staff

    Hi,

    I'm sorry to hear about this. I viewed your account and want to let you know that we didn't delete anything from your blog ( http://chernandezanimation.wordpress.com/ ).

    It appears that someone with access to your WordPress.com account deleted the files, so I'd highly suggest changing the password to your WordPress.com account (here) and the password to access your email account.

    You can see suggestions on selecting a strong password here:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/selecting-a-strong-password/

    What's the last date where everything in your blog was copacetic? (I can see if we can restore things to that point, but I can't make any promises.)

  3. Hi,
    While the offer to restore the site is nice, the last time I actually checked that page was a few months ago and I've added a lot of things since then. (While I'm more than a little worried at how long it could have been staying up with those blank frames, I still have those files if I decide it's safe to post those again.) I'll make sure to change my password, but it's always been rated as a very strong password with Caps, lowerletters, numbers, and symbols. I don't think it will do much changing it though because the same thing happened to my roommate, Matt Holmes's account: where most of the life drawing illustration was wiped, but everything else was left intact. This has also happened on my husband's site: http://tigbun.wordpress.com/. Those are just the people I've had the chance to ask about it since last night. It's an extremely specific and repeated "hack" so you can understand how I or anyone will assume it's admins.

  4. To be clear Staff are not deleting blog content. Also note that Staff can pinpoint every access made to the blogs in question .

    What's happening is that bloggers are not security conscious.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/security/

    1. They do not use the secure http:// log-in
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/security/#using-a-secure-connection-to-log-in-to-wordpress-com

    2. They do not create strong and unique passwords for every online account they have. Instead they use a single password that's easily guessed. http://en.support.wordpress.com/security/#choosing-and-using-good-passwords

    3. They leave their log-in information in places others can access it. For example they leave their passwords in their email accounts and then their email accounts get hacked and the hackers then hack the blogs.

  5. In the vent one believes their blog has been hacked here's what to do.

    Go to your email program and change the password to a very difficult one because that's how many hackers gain access to blogs Read > http://en.support.wordpress.com/security/

    1. If you can log-in go here > Users > All Users and delete any user that does not belong there.

    2. Disable post by email > http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-by-email/

    3. Disable post by voice > http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-by-voice/

    4. Change your blog password to a very difficult one > http://en.support.wordpress.com/passwords/#change-your-password

    5. Use a secure, encrypted connection to connect to your Dashboard. Under Users → Personal Settings, check the box that says “Always use HTTPS when visiting administration pages, and click Save Changes.

  6. Hi engchristy,

    I understand what you're saying, but it's someone logged into your account who deleted your media files.

    I'm seeing file deletions on your blog the following dates in 2012: 09/25, 09/05, 03/20, 03/07, 03/05, 02/29

  7. Also people have just closed their browsers and the next person on can do a Restore Last Session and be back logged into your account if you did not log out -

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