My Apologies–I’ve Been Hacked

This is one of those posts that I doubt any blogger wants to write. I was hacked. My blog was hacked back in June and it took the entire month of July to get it back to something normal. In the course of trying to salvage my blog, I dumped GoDaddy as a hosting provider. Simply put, not only did I dislike their ads but their customer service accused me of purposely redirecting links in my blog to malicious downloads and pages. When I asked them for help, they refused to help and would only continue to warn me about the malicious code on my blog. In retrospect, I stayed several years too long with GoDaddy and should have switched sooner. But, that’s now a thing of the past. I have recently moved over to HostGator and am, so far, extremely happy with the service. They have been a wealth of knowledge and patience and have put me in touch with the folks at SiteLock to help clean up and secure my blog. I couldn’t be more grateful to the fine folks at both places who are talking, walking, and helping me through this minor tech ordeal.

I do want to apologize to all of you. The consequence of being hacked is that it affects what my readers see. If you have been re-directed to links that ask you to download malicious software or if you have come across random ads, please know that those are NOT pages that I would ever re-direct to or something that I would create on this blog. To the authors, artists, and review sites that I work with or have worked with: I apologize if any links to my blog (on your sites) re-directed your fans/readers to malicious pages. It was not my intention and it is now fixed. Unfortunately, even with several security measures in place, there are some things well beyond my control. I ask for your understanding and patience during this time. I remain dedicated to this project and will do anything I can to maintain its integrity and reputation.

Peace,

Angelica

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Comments

  1. Beth Anne

    August 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Man this happened to another blogger who was also on godaddy a few months ago. I’m also on godaddy but only b/c I won 1 year of free hosting with them. But I plan on switching to another company with a cpanel that is easier to navigate in october when my plan is up.


  2. Angel

    August 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I highly recommend HostGator and FatCow. Both have cPanel and have been wonderful. GoDaddy was on my last nerve, especially after their customer service reps (3 of them plus a manager) blamed me for the incident. They didn’t try to help and didn’t recommend plug-ins. All they did was send me warnings about contract violations. My time with them would have expired in November 2013, but I decided to just lose that investment and switch. It cost me some money, but I’m happier. However, the damage was done and I’m still working on getting everything back to normal.


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