Hacked and relaunched

ThinkMacro got hacked. On the face of it, you wouldn’t see anything. But in Google search results the site appeared with weird meta-data that promoted some sort of medicine and if you were to access the site on a mobile device, you would get redirected to a variety of adult entertainment sites.

As it turns out, whoever hacked the site has edited .htaccess, so that it would perform the redirect only on mobile devices. Veronica and I removed the infected files, which did resolve the redirect issue. But we couldn’t figure out how to clean the meta data infection. So, at the end, there is now a relaunched ThinkMacro. Luckily, WordPress is really great with making export/import of your content easy.

Fresh start actually feels rather nice.

4 thoughts on “Hacked and relaunched

    1. Dima Post author

      Yes, I am actually doing that. But a backup would have helped only if I caught the hack on time. Unfortunately, it took me awhile to notice that and I think by that time the backup already had the altered files (I think). But I don’t mind a fresh start :)

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  1. Mt

    Hello I really loved the kashmiri chai recipe that used to be on this site. Is there any way to get that back? I tried making it the other day from memory and it didn’t taste the same. Pleaee help

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    1. Dima Post author

      Apologies for the delay. As you see, I had to re-launch the site, because it got hacked. I will work on restoring Cooking Travels as well, but it will take some time. I can drop you a message once it is up.

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