I got hacked!

I’ve just sent an email to my webhost, HostEurope/Pipex, to ask if they can shed any light on how/why my website got hacked. This morning I received this email, written at 19:42 last night:

Check this address – some one has invaded your site
Kathryn
https://www.garethjmsaunders.co.uk/index.html

and sure enough, my website front page had been replaced with a two word plain text file that read “F*ck .uk” (but with no asterisk).

I’ve now replaced the offending/offensive page with my original page and will await to see if Pipex can shed any light on how or why it was hacked, and what I (or they) can do to prevent this in the future.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

2 thoughts on “I got hacked!”

  1. Hi Gareth. I don’t know the answer here, but I do wonder if it’s a bit like “spam” in that they are attacking Pipex, or whoever, rather than you personally. I guess working out your own particular ftp password would be just too difficult, but perhaps sending a simple plain text message to the host system, replacing all occurances of “index.html” etc, might do it. I tried on my own sites to avoid this problem, using a different entry page, such as “homepage.htm” or “main.htm” but then people tell you that if you want search engines to find you, and to be able to view your URL without an extension, you have to use “index”. A weak link (sic) I would suggest. I also hope the perpetrators get caught and then forced to spend 20 years of Sundays tied to a railing in Argos…

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