Blog down

Odd, both my email and my blog went down this afternoon. They’re both back for now, albeit very slow.

Server problems I fear at Pipex, although their system status page is next to useless. It appears to only advertise the planned outages, rather than what’s actually happening. Which isn’t any use.

I had a much better service when HostEurope owned WebFusion. It all started going downhill when Pipex bought them out. I would move if it wasn’t such a hassle, and I do find the MyServerWorld admin backend more useful than many I’ve experienced.

I’d host my own, if I could be bothered. It may come to that once Telewest upgrade our broadband connection to 10Mbps. According to that website we should be upgraded by the end of October. How exciting.

WordPress 1.5.2 now available

WordPress 1.5.2 now available for download from the WordPress website.

Upgrading from a previous incarnation of version 1.5 is simply a case of backing up the MySQL database, backing up the current WordPress installation, deleting everything apart from \wp-content and wp-config.php, and then uploading the new files. That’s it.

WordPress 1.5.2 contains a number of security fixes, bug fixes, and a new “Save and Continue Editing” button for Pages (although I’ve just noticed that this is only available once you have actually created a new page, which I guess makes sense).

I love WordPress. It’s simple to install, use, develop, and upgrade.

Hacked again (pt.2)

I got back from Cellardyke tonight to discover that my site had been hacked once again. This time I didn’t delete the files they’d dumped on my server; I’ve zipped them and sent them to my webhost for examination.

I’m now wondering if they’ve used a Linux kernel exploit to gain root access to the server. That’s pretty serious stuff, and if that is the case then I do hope my webhost get the kernel patched asap. If it’s not, then I hope they help me get to the root of this problem.

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.