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29 December, 2009

Blog maintenance
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 7:23 PM

I’ve done a bit of maintenance to the blog. According to some commenters at Hardcore Casual, some people were being redirected away from my blog to a drug spam site.

Notice any problems? Post about them here, please. Read on for some details for the curious.

The strange bit is the problem was intermittent. I didn’t experience the problem myself. Someone who was testing out the problem for me had it happen only once out of a few attempts. One commenter on Hardcore Casual said that he got it to work several times.

I went through and deleted a lot of older accounts that were not legitimate. I apologize if your legitimate account got deleted in the sweep; not that it matters, since I’ve disabled account creation and you don’t need an account to post on here, anyway. I also deleted some obviously malicious accounts and deleted some likely malicious uploaded files. Hopefully that has cleared up the problems.

If you see any problems, let me know as soon as you can. As I said, I didn’t see the problem myself.


  1. Don’t know if it’s related, but your blog doesn’t seem to be updating in Google Reader any more – the latest article is ‘Rethinking the Trinity’.

    I only noticed this after seeing linked on Massively.

    Comment by Masaq — 30 December, 2009 @ 7:30 AM

  2. Also you can get google alerts to monitor this. Here’s how:

    Comment by Dave Toulouse — 30 December, 2009 @ 1:47 PM

  3. Finally tracked down the problem after a few days of searching. Changed some directory permissions so this shouldn’t happen anymore.

    Was a tricky thing. It only worked if you came from an outside referrer, specifically Google, which is why it affected people visiting from a reader. It set a cookie if it redirected you, so it would only happen once. That’s why it didn’t happen all the time. Once I found the offending file (in my theme directory, for those curious), it was pretty amazing how out in the open it was. The hacker even signed the page, “Bab86″.

    Comment by Psychochild — 31 December, 2009 @ 3:11 AM

  4. I had that redirection problem but I assumed it was an issue with the link in the feed rather than on your site.

    Comment by We Fly Spitfires — 31 December, 2009 @ 4:47 AM

  5. RSS feed seems to be back to normal as well.

    Comment by Dave Toulouse — 31 December, 2009 @ 10:22 AM

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