Help! My blog has been hacked

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  • #489492

    Hello,

    I have two blogs on wordpress.com:

    hartogsohn.com

    dailypsychedelicvideo.com

    Both have been hacked by a Turkish hacker called Cilginkurt. I am now blocked out of my blog and can’t access my account (I have created a new user name in order to write this message). I have written Worspress.com support but have gotten no answer yet. Please, what do I do? I’m desperate and depressed all day.

    Will be thankful for any kind of answer. :(

    Ido

    #489808

    supportbot
    Member

    You did not specify a blog address or reason for posting when you created this topic.

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    #489809

    timethief
    Member

    There is absolutely nothing that we Volunteers answering support questions can do for you. You will have to wait for Staff to get to your support ticket and help you deal with your issue.

    #489816

    Hey timethief,
    Thank you. I will wait. Anxiously wait. Do you think that wordpress.com has backup of my blog?
    Ido

    #489820

    timethief
    Member

    Yes wordpress.com has backups. Also if the posts in question have been indexed then you will be able to locate them in Google’s cache.
    See here:
    http://tinyurl.com/3yrwbus

    I have been here for 4 years and the only cases of alleged “hacking” have turned out not to be hacking at all. The intruder simply guessed the weak password that the blogger chose to use despite the warnings.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/passwords/#security

    #489821

    timethief
    Member

    OOPS! I was wrong. I just remembered the other cases of “alleged hacking” and what they turned out to be were cases where the blogger provided Admin access to the party who overtook the blog. Currently when transferring a blog to another username the original Admin cannot be removed from the blog without Staff help. http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#transferring-your-blog-to-another-user-or-account

    Anyway, enough said. We cannot help you here.

    #489824

    Thanks again. I am really relieved to hear that there is some sort of backup going on. I hope I will be able to bring things back to how they were.
    My blog password was not weak at all. There is currently a wave of hacker attacks on sites run by Israelis, because of the whole political situation (My site was not political in any way, but that doesn’t matter of course). I’m just depressed about the possibility of securing my data now. It seems like there is no way to secure it, because this hacker can break-in any time and ruin the work which has taken months and years to build.

    #489826

    “Can”? For one thing, he has deleted all your posts.

    @tt: WP keeps backups of existing posts. I doubt they keep backups of deleted posts. Do you know more about this?

    #489827

    Well, I don’t know anything about this. But I think if WP deletes all backups in the second a hacker walks in and deletes your posts, then there is a big security problem.
    I really hope you are wrong here.

    #489830

    timethief
    Member

    @panos
    I supplied as much information as I could. Whether or not the wordpress.com database and backups are instantaneously cleared when a blog is deleted is unknown to me. That’s why I mentioned Google’s cache as a possible source of reconstructing posts.

    #489831

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Ido, please also post http://he.forums.wordpress.com/

    #489839

    markel
    Staff

    Thanks for helping out, friends; we’re taking a look.

    TT is right in that cases of “hacking” on WordPress.com are either co-admins who alter the blog and kick off others, or passwords that are guessed (either to WordPress.com accounts or even email accounts).

    I personally recommend using a password generator that is capable of producing long, complex passwords, like 1Password for Mac OS or this site if you just need the password generated. A minimum of 8 to 12 characters is a good rule of thumb.

    Does anyone here use a Windows-based password manager they recommend?

    #489840

    timethief
    Member

    @markel
    From the support documentation > KeePass http://keepass.info/download.html :)

    #489841

    dogkisses
    Member

    Hi,
    Yesterday I checked my blog from a friend’s computer. I saw that the article I’d posted that day, along with one a couple days before, and my two most recent posts, along with a comment, had dozens of links (my words turned into links) to something called, “Sushi.”
    I don’t see these links from my computer. I deleted a comment that had a link, so I don’t know what to think. Is it possible for my blog to have these links and me not be able to see it from my own computer?
    Thanks for any assistance you might offer.

    #489842

    timethief
    Member
    #489858

    dogkisses
    Member

    Hi,
    I can’t find the program on my computer. Still working on it…

    #489865

    timethief
    Member

    Yesterday I checked my blog from a friend’s computer. I saw that the article I’d posted that day, along with one a couple days before, and my two most recent posts, along with a comment, had dozens of links (my words turned into links) to something called, “Sushi.”

    As you used your friend’s computer to see these links it would seem the sushi program would be on your friend’s computer and not on yours.

    #489866

    timethief
    Member

    @dogkisses
    Also note that we are Off-Topic posting on sushi in this thread as it has nothing whatsoever to do with what the original thread is about. :(

    #489877

    dogkisses
    Member

    thank you timethief. My apologies for the subject I posted. I mistakingly thought we were talking about the same thing. I thought my blog had been hacked :(

    #489882

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