A couple days ago, I tweeted about being hacked and then I thought I would just write a dedicated post regarding the issue (as you know, normally I don’t post on Thursdays). I started noticing something was funny with my account several weeks back when I was in Montreal. It was then that I was suddenly locked out of my WordPress account and the admin page starting showing words in Russian. Real scary, I know. Thank goodness for my tech-savvy husband, who quickly googled the issue and found that many other blogs/sites were being hacked as well. The hack came through various plugins that were unknowingly vulnerable and compromised. We had attempted to delete the code that was enabling the hack and then all seemed fine while we were on vacation. Then when we returned, on Monday, I clicked on The Beauty Nerd URL and was greeted with a warning stating that malware was found on the site. If you have visited my site in the last couple of days, you may have seen the same message.
Anyway, my hubby spent hours this week googling, researching and trying to understand the full issue once again and it appears that the first time we deleted some of the code, we had only deleted some of it, but the ‘hack’ still lurked in other places in the code. This time, we knew we had to take extreme precautionary measures, so we took down all the content and then re-uploaded everything as a clean slate to ensure that there are no chances we have missed anything. It nearly broke my heart thinking that all my conversations with all you lovely people was lost. Luckily (big, big sigh of relief), we were able to recover everything.
Anyway, I just wanted to give you guys an update that we have been on top of this issue, and we would never want to jeopardize your security on our site. Our blog would be nothing without you, and to us, you are always our first priority.