Global Attack on WordPress Sites

Written by Chris Graves on April 12, 2013

There is an on going and highly distributed, global attack on WordPress installations at every known web host to crack open admin accounts and inject various malicious scripts.

In a detailed analysis of the attack pattern it was found out that most of the attack was originating from CMSs (mostly wordpress). Further analysis revealed that the “admin” accounts had been compromised (in one form or the other) and malicious scripts were uploaded into the directories.

Today, this attack is happening at a

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Prevent blacklisting: Do these 3 things right now!

Written by Tyler Jacobson on April 3, 2013

The wave of hacked email accounts is hitting some sort of terminal velocity lately. The result of this, as some of you may have seen, is servers ending up on blacklists, which ultimately prevents some of your messages from reaching  the intended recipients.

We take every precaution on this end to prevent spam from being sent through our server and staying off of blacklists, but unfortunately, the most vulnerable points of exploitation are on your end. Once your email account or

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Selma, Nelson, blacklists and shared server SSLs.

Written by Tyler Jacobson on February 26, 2013

It’s been quite a week and it’s only Tuesday.

I apologize up front for the issues, no matter how big or small, that you may have been experiencing this week. We do our absolute best to keep things running ship shape and problem free but there are times when all of the proper maintenance & attention to detail in the world won’t stop issues from arising. Now is one of those times. When it rains, it pours – or given that

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Problems with WordPress dashboard and widgets? Here’s a fix.

Written by Tyler Jacobson on January 21, 2013

As of the 3.5 update to WordPress, we started receiving reports from a minority of customers that some functions simply stopped working in the WordPress dashboard. Specifically, the quick edit dashboard panel was unresponsive, under Add New Post  the toolbar above the text area wouldn’t populate, and, the drag and drop functionality in the Widgets dashboard simply stopped working.

Not being the developer of WordPress, we were short on answers, which is never the preferred position to be in. We like

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Patty.machighway.com blacklist issues 1/7/2013, 1/8/2013

Written by Tyler Jacobson on January 8, 2013

A customer on the patty.machighway.com server had their email address compromised by a spammer. The spammer then sent several thousand messages out from patty.machighway.com which has caused the server to end up on multiple blacklists. As a result, many of our customers on that server have received bounce-back replies from servers rejecting their messages.

Once the exploit was detected, the offending email account was shut down and spam ceased to be sent from our server.

This is a very unfortunate situation and

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Of cPanel updates and email connection limitations.

Written by Tyler Jacobson on December 6, 2012

Fortunately, only a few of our servers yesterday were negatively effected by a cPanel update that reset our email connection limits.

Unfortunately, a few of our servers yesterday were negatively effected by a cPanel update that reset our email connection limits.

Now, we don’t want to blame cPanel. They offer a robust product and these updates were essential to closing a security gap before it was exploited. This is what good and responsible developers do and we appreciate their attention to addressing potential

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How to setup a shared photo hub using Gallery on your hosted space.

Written by Tyler Jacobson on November 28, 2012

I recently went to a wedding in Athens, GA for my brother-in-law. The wedding was held at an amazing location, a massive tin factory converted into an artists studio with large scale statues everywhere. Not only was the location something awe inspiring, but the bride and groom also hired a mobile petting zoo with goats and rabbits whose heads were bigger than mine. On top of all of this, a wedding was occurring. Needless to say, there were many pictures

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Scheduled Maintenance: gil.machighway.com

Written by Tyler Jacobson on October 2, 2012

Maintenance Window:

10/05/2012 between 9:00pm and 10/7/2012 9:00pm CST.

Impacted equipment:

gil.machighway.com

On Friday, October 5, beginning at 9 PM Central time, we will be performing necessary critical maintenance on the server “gil.machighway.com” to replace a failing hard drive. We are also using this opportunity to upgrade the server hardware as well as add an additional redundant drive to ensure disk integrity and minimize downtime in the future.

For extended times during this maintenance period the server will be offline while sites are copied to

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When is it spam? A quick guide to knowing when to mark email as spam.

Written by Tyler Jacobson on September 7, 2012

You have 3 emails in your inbox:

Message 1 You’ve received an awful joke of the day message from your cousin. Of course you have; she sends one every day.

Message 2 You’ve received some chain letter that Snopes disproved years ago but a co-worker never checks his sources before blasting out emails to his entire address book.

Message 3 Some person with an unfortunate (and likely fake) name has sent you an email telling you how to be a better lover and

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How to retrieve your forgotten passwords

Written by Tyler Jacobson on August 25, 2012

At the top of this series of posts about passwords, I encouraged you to “Go ahead and forget your passwords.”  If you followed this sage advice and did in fact forget your passwords, you will find that this leads to an inevitable problem:

You’ll have forgotten a password.

As much as we’ve trusted our computers to keep our information intact and offloaded from our soft, grey brains, we find that of the hundreds, possibly thousands of passwords we’ve created, we actually need

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