hackers and sadness

I usually think of hackers in a happy white hat way…that is until I have to wipe german porn and house music from a hard drive or figure out which range of chinese IP addresses to block. Today’s downtime was a bit more enigmatic since VerySpatial is on a hosted server and the hosts couldn’t really tell me what is was that caused them to change the permissions on a key WordPress folder to 000 leaving the PHP calls kind of left hanging, other than ‘an exploit’. I have been administering IIS and Apache on local machines for years so it kills me when the folks who blocked access couldn’t offer more than a line from the Apache log….Arrrrgggghhh…

OK I feel better now and WordPress is now at the current version. Oh and my additional incoherence is thanks to a cold. yipee