Category Archives: wordpress
Occasionally I follow a wordpress tag. On my own blog, to find an old article. Or on wordpress as a whole. The latter shows a “featured blog”, which sometimes (but not always) seems relevant to the tag. There’s quite often lunatic-fringe political ranting, that has led me to wonder if someone at WordPress regards the entire Bush team as wishy-washy liberals.
Recently I’ve seen something altogether more bizarre. A “featured blog” that seems to be no more than computer-generated random text. Here’s a snapshot from just now, for the “apache” tag. A “featured blog” that’s gibberish, followed by the most recent real blog entries to use the keyword. These entries sometimes include spam too, though the current entries are legit.
Just read the sad tale of the demise of Gianugo’s blog.
In short, it fell victim to a spammer/cracker inserting something nasty, which only got noticed when the entire blog fell out of google. Gianugo had fallen into the common trap of assuming a personal site too insignificant to be of interest to an attacker (a mistake with which I entirely sympathise). If I’m not much mistaken, Gianugo knows what he’s doing, and if it can happen to him, it can happen to any of us.
For me, this is a very good reason to host my blog at wordpress.com – one less thing to worry about. Which is not to say I won’t fall victim to a similar attack, either my own server through something different, or my blog through a successful attack on wordpress.com. We can but do our best to protect ourselves against known dangers!
… is the only explanation I can see.
My last post “is it blog spam” appeared as “private” when I first hit the “publish” button. Before I’d even made it public, two comments had appeared. They were trackbacks that were definitely and unambiguously spam.
That must surely have come from within!