So my server company sent me an email the other day which mentioned that I was using a ton of resources. Why would I be using a lot of resources? I have three or four blogs and they are only visited by just a few people. I don’t run the Daily Kos or CNN or one of those sites that gets a million to 2 million visitors a day. So, I sent the email to my web guru, he did some investigating and found that someone placed code in my mail servers to send out spam. Actually, the crooks were brilliant. It was disruptive but yet not disruptive enough to cause an FBI investigation. They didn’t change any of my code, so it doesn’t alert the FBI. Instead, they simply got my server to send out a bunch of emails that nobody probably wanted.
It is like sitting on the beach in Maui, drinking a beer and reading a good book and suddenly this big, smelly, slob comes up next to you sits down and puts down this huge boombox which blares out music and ruined your day and your mood. It’s like that.
The server is fix. Web sites are working again. I have paid my web guru a ton of money for working overtime and on short notice. But, we are back to normal. I think…
Update: For around 6 weeks, I have been fighting hackers. I kick them out (well, my web guru does) and days later they are back. I have spent several thousand dollars to try to harden my site. Blogging was supposed to be – just a little something on the side. It was supposed to be low cost. Now, I’m wondering if I need to scrap the whole thing. This is really crazy.