Chiriquí Chatter Outage
At 9:17 AM, Panama Time, several files were altered in the WordPress files on my web host. That resulted in Chiriquí Chatter not displaying or operating correctly. I noticed that all have different permissions and thought that may the extent of the alteration. I was wrong.
It didn’t display under Firefox or any of the other Firefox type of browsers. It “sort of” displayed under Opera.
I received an email from a reader, who said his Anti-Virus was displaying a warning. I rebooted under Windows and tried accessing Chiriquí Chatter under Internet Explorer. My Anti-Virus (AVAST) immediately went off telling me that there was a “Trojan Virus” trying to be delivered by the following address:
Obviously all websites, such as mine, can get hacked and you as a user may get infected by visiting an infected site. If you are using a Microsoft OS, I recommend that you do make sure your Anti-Virus is up to date as well as all OS updates applied.
I appreciate the reader that notified me of what he was seeing at his location. This provided information that I didn’t have at that time.
I notified my Web host of my problem and said I wouldn’t do anything until I heard from them. I never heard so I asked again and received the following response:
In order for us to investigate this, it will be $75/hour. If you’ve been hacked, restore from the latest backup. Your database shouldn’t be affected, only PHP files would be. Make sure you have the latest version of your script.
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Customer Service Manager
Ticket ID: YQN-757519
Department: Technical Support
Status: Awaiting Reply
With the knowledge that I would receive no real assistance from the Web host, I reinstalled WordPress. I appear to be running, but all is not completely well. As you can see (assuming you are reading this before I solve the problems) I am on the Standard WordPress theme. I think I have some permission issues and am still chasing the problems.
It may take me some time to get this fixed. I am not even sure if I can make a post. I guess this will test that.