Someone tried to destroy my blog

August 23, 2012

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

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  • MummyTravels August 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Horrible. Hope you can restore most of it without too much more stress.

  • Lucy August 25, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Sorry to hear about this, hope it doesn’t take you too long to get it back to the way you want it x

  • Crystal Jigsaw August 23, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    It’s very worrying that this seems to be happening more and more. Sorry to hear its happened to you, and I hope whoever is responsible has seen they will never get the upper hand.

    CJ x

  • EmmaK August 23, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Sorry to hear about that terrible experience. I don’t back up as much as I should so I’ll try and do better from now on.

  • Not a Notting Hill Mum August 23, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Really sorry to hear this and a lesson to us all in terms of backing up! A friend said always write your post on word and then cut and paste it so you have a hard copy ( kind of!) Course I hardly ever do but will not try to remember this too. Including you in this month’s Laugh out Loud round up on Britmums btw

  • Jane @ Practically Perfect Mums August 23, 2012 at 9:21 am

    That sounds horrible. MyTwitter account was corrupted a couple of times recently and that was bad enough!
    The blog still looks beautiful despite them.

  • Louise at Yummy Mummy? Really? August 23, 2012 at 7:54 am

    That’s awful! 🙁 I am so sorry. I hope you manage to restore the rest, but if not it’s really good that you’d backed up when you had. (Note to self)

  • Sonya cisco August 23, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Glad you have been able to retrieve most of it, god luck finding the missing bits. (off to back up blog now!)

  • Mari August 23, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Shocking Liz, I’m happy to hear you can retrieve it and thanks for the shout out as we should all be doing back up frequently.
    Look forward to seeing The Mum Blog back to her beautiful self soon x