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Viral Bacterial

So good news and bad news.

The bad news is that the blog has contracted some terrible illness and has been directing you guys to a dubious Russian site the past day and a half. There’s apparently a virus/worm/hack thing going on and because I don’t speak geek and is therefore no match for a nerdy teenager with douchey headphones and week-old pizza, my only conceivable response involves some hand-wringing and shrieking for help.

Fortunately the husband knows a little geek-talk, so he’s been working with our web hosting people to sort out the issue. The good news is that it finally seems to be back up again for now. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that it stays that way because the truth is, we’re no match for them hackers. If they’re like Obi-Wan Kenobi with advanced Jedi mind powers, the husband is like a young Padawan who can only levitate small objects. While I can only do the standing around and shrieking like Natalie Portman.

And it’s not for a lack of trying either. I spent the better part of yesterday googling key phrases like “help my blog is hacked” and “how to get rid of malicious files in your website” but none of the results proved very useful.

I mean, it’s not like computer code is the easiest thing in the world to decipher. It’s just a bunch of random alphabets that don’t make any sense. We were doing a live chat with the web hosting company and I could barely make out half of what they were saying.

There were all these words like wtlsl, html and php flying around. Ok, first of all, WHERE ARE YOUR VOWELS? And how on earth am I supposed to understand what these words mean?

You know what? Pfffffffpt right back at you.

So anyway, most of the malicious files have been removed but because the site has just recovered from a major surgery, there’s probably still going to be a few kinks to work out over the next few days. Thanks for your patience, we’ll get things back to the way they were soon enough. If you still have difficulties accessing the site, go do some online shopping and come back tomorrow.

PS. If by any chance, you’re the one trying to hack the site, please don’t. I’ll buy you some fresh pizza and make non-vowel grunting sounds back at you if it makes you feel better.

PPS. The virus seems to have jumped onto the husband because his Jedi powers aren’t strong enough. He’s now down with a different but equally terrible illness that has him hacking (*ahem pun intended*) his lungs out at home. So it seems to have gone viral.

PPPS. I’m also throwing in a cute photo of the kids to cheer everyone up a little.

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  • Reply DancingMommy February 8, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I don’t speak geek too and would struggle in the same shoes. Hooray for better halves who more than make up areas where we fall short. :)
    DancingMommy´s last post ..Gourmet coffee at Like Mom Cafe

    • Reply Daphne February 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      True that! That’s why they’re called better halves aye?

  • Reply Shirley February 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Hi, I would suggest you change all your directory settings to read-only and back up your index.php wordpress file. Name it to something else, so you can revert when such things happen.

    My previous domain got hacked by the same person i think, and i secure all my directories. Hope this helps.
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    • Reply Daphne February 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      Thanks for the tip, Shirley! I actually don’t really understand what that means but I’ll make the husband do it later tonight.

  • Reply Bing February 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Even after cleaning out my site, I can still see the hackers hovering in my site, trying to click on (deleted) malicious files. I’ve had to report those ip addresses and block them.

    So hard being a blogger.. must learn to write, design blogs, take photos, Photoshop, make videos and flash files and still must fight hackers. %^!#$%!@!!
    Bing´s last post ..Our Boy

    • Reply Daphne February 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks Karen! LOL ya man, be blogger not easy, everything must pao ka liao.

  • Reply Elaine February 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Phew, we really needed that cute kids photo to cheer us up after 2 days without your blog man. Kirsten’s getting the cool grown-up model thing down pat too! Just like Tru with his steel blue look.
    Elaine´s last post ..Hands for Homes

    • Reply Daphne February 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      Hahah she’s got a lot of practice with that. And now that she’s in her photo-taking phase, must milk it first.

  • Reply Bun Bun Makeup Tips February 10, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Don’t worry! We’ll stick around! :D
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