Well, my son-in-law (who I forgot to mention ALSO helped recover this site) pointed out that my site probably was NOT hacked by some pimply-faced teenager for the thrill of it. He says it was probably some 30 year old Russian or Chinese guy instead. Well, I’m inclined to agree with him, after seeing this data from my ClustrMaps info (see the bottom of the page). For this, I apologize to all the pimply-faced teenagers everywhere out there whom I may have unjustly accused.
I don’t know anyone in Slovakia, for instance. If one of my friends DOES happen to be there at the moment I apologize in advance, but it certainly appears as though my son-in-law could be correct about the foreign aspect of the hack. While the motorcycle message forums I frequent ARE international by nature, everyone seems to speak English, and what’s more I don’t even think Yamaha SELLS motorcycles in Slovakia.
It occurs to me that this isn’t the FIRST time I’ve been targeted either. Several years ago there was a SQL exploit that was quite well known, and Microsoft patched it fairly quickly. However, at this time I noticed quite a few connection attempts to the SQL database on my home server from an outside source. Since I was patched, I had no problems. I tracked back a few of the IP numbers, however, and they were all from China. I assure you, I know nobody in China… I’ve also logged attempts to access my home server through FTP. I never tracked those back, so don’t know where they may have come from.
Again, I wonder if these were random attacks, or if I was targeted because I worked for the government, or if Microsoft is testing their own patches by hiring poor Chinese kids willing to work for $5 a month. If random, then – once again – there are probably bots out there trolling the Internet just trying to collect random information. Who has the time to do this sort of thing manually? And for that matter, what do they hope to glean from my relatively innocent little self? That I have a database of Anime and Manga literature? That I dabble in SQL at home to improve my skills for work? That I have two frequently stupid cats? I have no idea what good ANY of that information would be to an outsider.
In any event, as I said everything is back to normal.
Have fun and ride safe,