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Fighting hackers, heat, and the recession

I've spent the last few months fighting hackers, heat, and the recession. I got laid off from my daytime job in March of this year. I was fortunate enough to find a new job in April. I had to take a paycut. I'm thankful that I have a job to pay for bills.

We bought our new house, in September 2009, without central cooling. My layoff put a crimp in our finances, so we were not able to put central cooling until about a week ago (September 2010). My new home office has been extremely hot, and haven't been able to spend much time in it, until the central cooling was installed.

Now comes my fight with hackers. There was a break in at Google. Some Russian hackers got a hold of many Gmail account login details. The hackers got this website's FTP credentails when they broke into my Gmail personal account. This was one massive attack, where they put Javascript malware on a bunch of websites worldwide. I'm surprise that there hasn't been more of an uproar from the media outlets that deal with technical stuff.

It took me close to two and a half months to get this website back up and working correctly. I had restored this website from a backup, and that cleared it from malware the first time.

The second time, they used a FTP account that I had forgotten about. I deleted this account as soon as I found it. Next, I used NetDrive to map the FTP site to a local drive, and used Multi-Edit to do a file search and replace. I got rid of all the bad Javascript, and this site is clean again.

I lost several blog posts, but I have the one about C# COM and Delphi saved up in Surfulater. I want to put this one back up, because there's hardly any information on how to get this done out on the Internet.

It's been a frustrating year so far. I'll just keep plucking along. As life keeps knocking you down, you just need to keep getting up.

posted @ Saturday, October 02, 2010 11:51 PM by Hector Sosa, Jr

Posted in: Personal

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