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

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my site was hacked

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?

How My Site Was Hacked

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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12 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

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Press Release : Kabiru Rabiu Launches Hollaport App

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Kabiru Rabiu, Group Executive Director of Bua Group, a leading Nigerian conglomerate held the soft launch of Hollaport, a payment and messaging mobile application he founded on Saturday July 6th at the Tech Park Zone, Gbagada, Lagos.

Hollaport

At an event attended by the Nigerian technology players, the media and friends & family, the founder of Hollaport explained that the journey of the App started about 2 years ago and was borne of the need to ease transaction and increase financial inclusion in Nigeria. He went on to explain that the app will evolve into an expanded platform with added features that will make it exciting and extremely convenient to transfer money and make payments not only in Nigeria but throughout the African continent.

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 The app is a multi-layered messaging and financial technology platform on which people can send and receive money using their phone contacts. Other features on the App include airtime top-up; cable, electricity and data subscription; and paycode – a technology that enables recipient withdraws cash from an ATM without the need to have a card or bank account.

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Financial Inclusion is a major issue in Nigeria, with over half of the adult population being unbanked and only a fraction of the banked using technology in their processes. Seeing this disconnect, Hollaport Technologies aims to reduce the learning curve associated with mobile applications and has taken time to develop a lifestyle tool that can fit in all areas of life, while maintaining ease-of-use.

“The question has never been one of when, but of how– and this is the gap we intend to fill in the Nigerian market” said Micheal Olowojesiku, Hollaport’s General Manager.

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Despite the simple user-interface,The app is packed with features such as media functionalities where you can send photos, videos and documents. Users can request or send money within the chat area for a seamless experience and can also pay bills, utilities and make subscriptions.

Over 85% of Nigerian adults own a mobile device, 103 million have active internet subscriptions, and a large percentage of this data size have a presence on social media. The app aggregates instant messaging features with financial technology to ensure the app is as relevant as it is functional.

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 The app is available on both the Google Playstore and the iOS Appstore, and can also be downloaded at www.hollaport.net/downloads

To learn more about Hollaport, please visit www.hollaport.net or send an email to [email protected]

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Xiaomi Officially Launches In Nigeria

Xiaomi Nigeria has released the list of Xiaomi stores in Nigeria and service centers. I must say I am very impressed with this move. This means Xiaomi is here to stay.

List Of Xiaomi Of Service Centers In Nigeria

Last month they launched the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi 7, the latest smartphones in the new Redmi brand.

According to the Head of Expansion Marketing, Xiaomi Global, Steven Wang –

“Redmi Note is one of Xiaomi’s most popular series, “Redmi Note 7 truly illustrates our philosophy of innovation from everyone because of its amazing performance and attractive price. Partnering with Jumia, we’re very excited today to bring Redmi Note 7 and Redmi 7 to our customers in Nigeria.”

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List of Xiaomi Stores In Nigeria

Xiaomi Service Centers / Stores in Lagos

  • 18, Kodesho street opposite computer village gate, Ikeja, Lagos
  • 16, Saka Tinubu Steet, Victoria Island, Lagos
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Xiaomi Service Centers/ Stores in Oyo (Ibadan)

  • Golden Age Plaza (YAMAHA Plaza), Plot 125, Magazine Rad, Jericho, Ibadan

Xiaomi Service Centers / Stores in Kwara (Ilorin)

  • 199, Ibrahim Taiwo road, Promo plaza, Ilorin

Xiaomi Service Centers/ Stores in Abuja 

  • Discovery Mall, Str. Adetokunbo Ademola, Wuse 2 Abuja
  • Alexandria Cresent, Behind Banex Plaza Abuja

Xiaomi Service Centers / Stores in Delta (Asaba)

  • 23 Ibusa road, beside winners chapel, Asaba

Xiaomi Service Centers / Stores in Rivers

  • 30 Str. Okporo Road, off Aba road, Near Artilary st., Port Harcourt, River State

Xiaomi Service Centers / Stores in Delta(Warri)

  • Shop H29, Block, Robinson plaza, Warri

Xiaomi Service Centers / Stores in Kano

  • 18D, Civic center road, Kano

Xiaomi Service Centers / Stores in Kaduna

  • L30/31, Mangal Plaza, Leventis area, Kaduna

I’ll update this list if New stores are added

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