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Last night, someone hacked my website and destroyed the WordPress database. Luckily, I had a backup that was less than 24 hours old. I restored the database from the backup.

While I did not lose any of my posts, unfortunately, any comments made yesterday were likely lost forever. Feel free to repost your comments if you wish (and can remember them).

Sorry about that.

Darn spammers!



  1. Jason Ray wrote:

    I appreciate everything you and the other contributors here do, and in some way I am pleased that we’re making enough sense to be a target 🙂

    Friday, June 10, 2011 at 9:29 am | Permalink
  2. Sammy wrote:

    I’m sure anything I typed was an attempt at sarcastic and likely inappropriate humor that went completely unappreciated. 😉

    Friday, June 10, 2011 at 9:54 am | Permalink
  3. And most of what I contribute are edits that are later deleted (appropriately so) and various pleasantries.

    Now if we lost all of Starluna’s stuff, or PatriotSTG, for instance, that would be a problem.

    Friday, June 10, 2011 at 10:19 am | Permalink
  4. a regular reader wrote:

    Sorry about your site being violated by the v!agra hordes!

    Friday, June 10, 2011 at 10:22 am | Permalink
  5. No u wrote:

    This is why you wear cyber condoms! For shame IK…for shame

    Friday, June 10, 2011 at 10:54 am | Permalink
  6. Rawr Inc wrote:

    It’s a good thing you have proper data conservation practices.

    Even better that you don’t let yourself be held back by those unfortunate events. Keep it up, your blog is excellent :).

    Friday, June 10, 2011 at 11:20 am | Permalink
  7. PatriotSGT wrote:

    Well IK, fortunately your smarter and had a back-up. “To the hackers” Na nana na naaaa naaaaa (me with my thumbs in my ears, fingers wagging and extended up and sticking out my tongue like a 9 year old).

    ThoughtDancer, thanks for the confidence vote, but I don’t come close to Starluna’s level, or Jason Ray’s for that matter, or Sammy or you or 1032 (nice rhyme ehh) or just about any other contributor. Matter of fact, I’m closer to the bottom and that’s fine by me.

    Friday, June 10, 2011 at 11:59 am | Permalink
  8. jjosport wrote:

    The invasion certainly smacks of someone targeting you. Just think, you and RMN, targeted by the same lamebrains.

    Friday, June 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Permalink
  9. PatroitSGT: You, sir, are in need of another cup of coffee, stirred with a clue stick. Nearly *all* that I contribute are jokes, pleasantries, and editing comments. You nearly always have *actual points* backed by *actual sources*. 🙂

    And Starluna is pretty amazing, isn’t she?

    (I will grant when the topic lands in rhetoric, I actually have substance to add to the conversation. But that’s happened about 4 times I think? Maybe 5?)

    Friday, June 10, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Permalink
  10. rk wrote:

    OH NO!

    You lost my 3-line proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem!!

    Friday, June 10, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Permalink
  11. Richard wrote:

    You may want to consider installing Exploit Scanner if you don’t have it running. It’s a useful plugin that will find hacked php code:

    Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 6:18 am | Permalink
  12. starluna wrote:

    ThoughtDancer and PatrioSgt: you guys are sweet.

    Good thing that I spent the entire day yesterday locked in a over-AC’d function room grading writing proficiency exams and not engaged in more interesting reading on this blog.

    To celebrate the good news that this blog continues to exist despite the hackers, I would like to share one of the many gems of “critical thinking and writing” that I recorded to use in writing workshops. This is in reference to the claim that pharmaceutical advertisements are endeavors to define what is good or acceptable (e.g. introversion is bad) in order to sell drugs (you must have social anxiety disorder and we have a pill for that).

    “[This is the] manipulation of society into the definition rather than implicitly stating it through facts.”

    Uh, yeah. Sure.

    Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 10:30 am | Permalink
  13. Iron Knee wrote:

    I think the only reason I was targeted was because I was getting a lot of traffic for a couple of days (35,000 page views the day before I was hacked). We were targeted by spammers trying to sell erectile disfunction medicines. So sorry, I don’t think it can be credited to our ideology.

    PatriotSgt, I wish we had more people like you in here. You provide a very important conservative (but still rational) view. I don’t always agree with you, but I would trade a handful of liberal commenters for another person like you. Besides, it is rather courageous of you to stick your neck out by commenting in this pit of principally progressives.

    Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Permalink