I was looking around my blog the other night when on the home page I noticed that Firefox had blocked a popup. So I allowed it, and found myself looking at advertising. I host my blog on my own hosting provider, so this could only mean one thing. Someone has broken into my account and edited my code. And that is exactly what seems to have happened, much to my irritation. Not only that, they went through every single index file and added an advertising iframe to each one, not only in my blog, but in my digital art site, which is my husband’s code, and he was understandably very pissed.
I kind of liken it to coming home from a movie, and finding that someone has burgled your house. It’s gut wrenching when you realise what could have happened. This person simply decided to insert some advertising. Granted, it was linking to xxxsomethingorother this morning, but you know, they could have done a WHOLE lot worse. I’ve managed to clean it all up, I think.
And you know the worst part about it? I received an email from my host at the beginning of the month to tell me that they had had reports that some of their client’s FTP passwords had been breached, and that everyone should change their admin password asap, and I forgot to. And the vandalism happened 10 days later. So now I’m just putting out a warning to change your passwords regularly to something complicated! I mean, I work in the IT field and I KNOW this. I require my customers do it, and now it’s time I started following my own advice :/