I had a lot on my mind last week – my son’s exam results, a busy time at work – and in the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t a matter of life or death.
But last Wednesday afternoon, the day I’d posted a very personal post about my son for The Gallery, my blog was hacked. I couldn’t log into it, and they’d replaced it with a holding page.
Thankfully my developer was able to retrieve it but as you can see it’s not looking its usual pretty self at the moment. Images have been deleted (thank goodness I have copies), badges are missing and upsettingly, the precious posts I’d spent time creating have gone. Six weeks worth, and some of them very personal posts.
It’s my own fault that I hadn’t done a more recent back up, and there’s hope we’ll be able to retrieve more posts from the server, but for the time being, this is where we’re at.
I can reinstate the images (guess what I’ll be doing this weekend). But it does upset me to think that someone would deliberately target my blog. (Apparently if your blog is in the top 30 results for a search term on google you become a target for would-be hackers). I just hope it wasn’t really personal – although obviously, it feels personal right now.
What’s really frustrating is, I don’t know how they did it. I never use key strokes for my password, which is incredibly complicated, and I never access admin on other computers. This laptop never leaves the house.
But there you go. Someone tried to destroy my blog. They haven’t succeeded.
UPDATE 8/9/12: The blog has been restored as much as humanly possible. Unfortunately though some of the comments which so many of you have taken the time and trouble to leave are gone forever. Apologies. But at least most of the missing posts have been recovered. Thank you for all your support, it means a great deal xxx