Several months ago I was contacted by a regular reader who informed me that he was experiencing some strange stuff here on the blog. Advertisements for “men’s pharmaceuticals” were showing up here and there on my pages. I tore through the site on my Mac, and couldn’t find a thing.
Well, this weekend I was contacted by a second reader. He too was experiencing issues and sent along a few screen shots to show me. While I couldn’t replicate the issue on my Macs or on Windows machines here at the gallery, I figured something was up.
Researching like crazy yesterday I came across a class of hacks happily referred to as “pharma hacks.” Apparently scripts are loaded into your WordPress folders (how did folks gain access, thought I had a super secure hosting provider) and you have a lot of cleaning to do. Last night and this morning I’ve been tearing everything apart.
So here’s what I need from readers. Take a look through the blog. The main page and the posts themselves. If you see any of these adverts for men’s enhancement (ugh) and the like please leave me a comment and tell me where you’re seeing them. These hacks are harmless to my readers unless you click their stupid links. So, don’t click the stupid links.
You know, I really love spending HOURS working on undoing some vandal’s work on my site. After all, I’ve got nothing better to do!