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How My Site Was Hacked And How I Fixed It After 72 Hours

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A few days ago, I just got to work and typed in my URL on my laptop found out my site was hacked and trust me this was my first reaction

How My Site Was Hacked And How I Fixed It After 72 Hours

I knew wailing wouldn’t get me anywhere so I decided to get to work anyway at least that’s the only thing I could do.

I tried to log in to my ADMIN panel and guess what, it was inaccessible too.

How My Site Was Hacked And How I Fixed It After 72 Hours

Chisos …What could actually get worse?

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Well, a wise man once told me that in any situation you’re stuck in you’re usually not the first to go through it, always turn to Google. So I rushed off to scan Google for solutions and the results I saw made me feel like a boss literally

Besides,

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Hater’s gonna hate but I’m getting my site back. So I followed the instructions I got and voila my blog was loading again.

Wait.. did you think that was all? Lmao, that was just the beginning of the whole hullabaloo or whatever grammarians call it.

So I decided to go and make a post on my blog and while doing that the ugly reality suddenly hit me,

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My database had been corrupted. My images weren’t loading, Plugins were broken and all that. Boy, I was downright frustrated. You know those moments when you feel like you should have done something before it happened and darkness starts creeping in even though it’s day time

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Yeah. I had that feeling right then. I rushed off to my host and asked them if I had any backups available and they’re like

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That was enough to throw me off balance for a few minutes, I was actually mad at them for not having a backup

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Then they dropped the bombshell and I felt like dying

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The backup problem wasn’t from my host, I mistakenly skipped it when installing WordPress. I had no excuse so I had to figure out a way to get my site up and running again. I tried for hours and all efforts proved abortive until towards evening.

I had a crazy thought to just quit the whole thing since my site was hacked but I just said

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Another solution I came up with was actually pretty simple, back up my images and my posts then reinstall my WordPress. So I got Filezilla and connected it to my site and saw I had to download files of up too 2gb.

I’ve been blogging for more than 3 years so I wasn’t really surprised the site was that big, I tried downloading the 2GB file and the network at my location was just messed up. So I had to pause the download to continue the next day

So while texting my friend Soju (He runs SojuOppa.net a K-Drama movie site and My9jaTv.com for HD Iroko Nollywood Movies) he suggested I use a VPS.

Let me clarify what a VPS is like another computer in another country that is connected to very fast internet but you can control it from your own computer here in Nigeria so you’re basically downloading something but not from your data bundle and the downloaded files stay on the virtual computer.

That suggestion was the turning point of everything.

The next day, I started the whole process. Deleted my website and downloaded my images. Created it back and added back the images.

Did that fix it?

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Nope. It failed. My posts refused to show and the whole site was still broken. P.S – I have about 1900 Posts on this website.

I was losing my patience and then I had to take the final decision. If it didn’t work after that. I was done. NaijaTechGuy would be sold off since my site was hacked. Almost 4 years of hard work gone.

So here is exactly what saved me.

  • I recently moved to WordPress from Blogger this January and I share all my links to twitter immediately after making a post.
  • I imported my old posts from Blogger
  • Went to Twitter collected all my links – I did it manually at first. Later I just wrote a Python script to automatically send me all the links.
  • I viewed the cached version of my site from Google and copy and pasted the content back to the website making sure it matched the same URL or link as the previous posts
  • After that, my site was back online

Of course It was in a little way my fault my site got hacked, I was so obsessed with making my site fast for users that I even forgot to close the backdoor. I had no security plug-in and I had a lot of plugins running on the site. About 60.

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So that’s basically how my 3 sleepless days went. Well, now I’ve learned my lesson, the hard way. All the same, as they say, experience is sometimes the best teacher.

I’ll drop my pen at this point. I haven’t been posting because I would feel bad without telling you guys exactly how my site was hacked and just move on as nothing happened. Posting would resume as usual soon.

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Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Douglas okolaa

    February 12, 2019 at 9:24 am

    So which security plugin did you use 🤣😊

    • Michael Ajah

      February 12, 2019 at 9:45 am

      Wordfence

  2. Kachi Ojieh

    February 13, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Naijatechguy! What were you thinking? You had about 60 plugins on one blog! I can’t believe this. I run https://nextbiggadgets .com and i try my best to keep my plugins below 10. Anyways, i am a graduate of computer science and i enjoy writing codes, any features i see out there and i want it on my blog, i try as possible to write it myself except in tougher cases. Thank God your blog is back online.

    • Michael Ajah

      February 14, 2019 at 9:31 pm

      Lol. I guess I allowed WordPress functionalities overwhelm me and I didn’t secure my site. Everything is back to normal thankfully

  3. Chukwuka Solomon

    February 14, 2019 at 1:09 am

    Am glad your site is back online again, let the hustle continue.

    • Michael Ajah

      February 14, 2019 at 9:28 pm

      Thanks bruv

  4. Nwachukwu Excel

    February 25, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Hey man!

    It was perhaps a reality check from the cracker to really shove you off balance but, glad you have Naijatechguy back and running again.

    Well, 1900+ and no giveaway am sure aware of. Am judging you on this. Hahaha *Rolling Eyes*

    • Michael Ajah

      February 26, 2019 at 11:28 pm

      1900 no giveaway lol.. you missed my itel a32f giveaway

      • Nwachukwu Excel

        February 27, 2019 at 3:08 am

        Alright, would gladly wait for your next Galaxy giveaway then..shhh. I had that from your close friend.

        • Michael Ajah

          March 8, 2019 at 9:50 pm

          Lol.. coming up soon

  5. Emmanuel Husseni

    March 5, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Happy for you boss… Glad you recovered your site.

    Even my site that is not up to 4months self, I fit cry if it got hacked.

    Guess I’ll look for a better security plugin to secure my site for future hazards.

    • Michael Ajah

      March 8, 2019 at 9:51 pm

      Wordfence should help out

  6. MacDonald

    August 16, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Thank God your site is back and active lets keep pushing

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Vivo announces Exynos processor smartphone with 5G connection up to 3.55Gbps

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Vivo presented today during an event in China, its new smartphone Vivo X30. This smartphone stands out thanks to the presence of the Exynos 980 processor, the first to support dual-mode 5G (SA / NSA). Support for both 5G ‘bands’ will allow you to achieve better performance with regard to mobile internet speed and stability.

In fact, the manufacturer promises impressive performance at speeds up to 3.55Gbps using 5G networks. As for the choice of the Exynos 980 processor, they had little choice, as this is the only chip in production that supports dual-mode 5G.

Unfortunately, during the announcement of the Vivo X30, the manufacturer did not disclose any further information about its specifications. It was just revealed that it will be marketed during December in China. They have also confirmed that it will reach several European markets that already have a stable 5G network.

Alleged Vivo X30 Specifications

Even though official information about the specifications of the Vivo X30 has not been revealed, there are already several leaks and rumors about this smartphone. So we already have a good idea of ​​what you can offer users.

The Vivo X30 should come with a 6.5 “inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD + resolution, 90Hz refresh rate and built-in fingerprint reader. The Exynos 980 processor will be supported by up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal memory.

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In the photographic segment, this smartphone will not disappoint either. It is believed that it will have a total of four cameras on its rear panel: 64MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP. Dedicated to selfies, will be a 32MP front camera.

It was also revealed that it will have a generous 4,500mAh battery with support for charging at 30W / 22.5W.

Despite being a mid-range smartphone (thanks to its processor), the Vivo X30 should have quite impressive specifications. As for its price, it is believed to be between € 410 and € 460.

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Tesla cars can now “see” cones on the road

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Tesla cars are among the most technologically advanced cars on the market. So whenever something new comes out for your cars it is normal to look in some wonder.

After Smart Summon, which brings the car to you at the touch of a button on the smartphone, Tesla has decided to upgrade its system so that the car can see the cones on the road.

A small incident caused by roadside cones that Tesla did not detect

This video went viral a few months ago because of the autopilot’s ineffectiveness in detecting the cones on the road. In this case, Tesla picked some cones but nothing serious to report.

The new update has been requested all over the world and is now starting to reach all vehicles with autopilot.

The new update begins to reach all Tesla cars

I believe it is important to note that Tesla cars already detected cones on the road, but did not give us a visual representation on the screen. With the new update, this already happens.

Still, in the update, Tesla informs drivers to keep a close eye on the road. Even if they have autopilot on.

Read in update ” Driving view now displays traffic cones. In cases where a traffic cone is detected and autopilot navigation is enabled (requires full auto-steering capability). As always, you are responsible your vehicle and should pay attention at all times . ”

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