My was broken into again last night and was down until this morning. What fun.

- Screen Shot 2018 03 27 at 2 - In which I get hacked: Part 4

Welcome to another day of hackage fun.

This morning, the odd “consig.php” with its Base 6 contents and eval was back, along with an updated “.htaccess” file. I called up Bluehost support. They restored a safe version of “.htaccess” and suggested I talk with their “ people”. I said sure.

After a longish hold, they transferred me…to an entirely different company, who for starting at just $40 or so a month (and up), would provide me with a fire wall. The sales pitch was strong, as was their disdain and pricing structure. I thanked them for their and hung up.

It was time to call back Bluehost again and yell at them a little. This time, they offered to set up an SSL certificate for 90 days at a time.

- Screen Shot 2018 03 27 at 2 - In which I get hacked: Part 4

This might be even more exciting if their own certificate didn’t seem to be wonky:

- Screen Shot 2018 03 27 at 1 - In which I get hacked: Part 4

I also deinstalled and re-installed my plugins, and generally followed the advice passed to me this morning by Jan Östlund in his helpful tweet.

Frankly, it’s been a pretty dreadful day. Of course, the kind words of support from everyone have been a lovely counterpart to the misery of doing sys admin work. I’m surprised so many people have had to deal with this exact situation before. At least I’m not alone.

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