It's now been two weeks since this web site was hacked, and I think I
can be pretty certain that situation has ended. It took me four days
to figure it out, but I finally figured out exactly how they were able
to hack my web site, and what they did when they hacked it.
Incidently, the problem was with my own web site Perl code. There
was no problem whatsoever with the PhpBb code. So if anyone is
worried about that, don't be.
One person wrote to me wondering if my web site might have infected
his computer. In case anyone is worried about that, I can absolutely
assure you that you didn't download any spyware or anything similar
from my web site. The only thing that happened that would affect a
user is being redirected to other web sites. There is no possibility
that any executable was transmitted from my web site.
That leaves the question of who did it. It's possible that it was
simply a random attack by people who try to attack every web site. On
the other hand, it's possible it was a targeted attack by someone who
hates this particular web site -- and there are actually enough people
in that category.
I once ran a fathers' rights group on Yahoo Groups that had as many
as 3200 members. The entire group simply vanished one day, because
one bitterly angry man from an anti-American hate group in Australia
contacted Yahoo and told them that it was an abusive group. The
Yahoo people, who are the stupidest bunch of a--holes imaginable,
simply deleted the group without even looking at it.
The reason I mention that is because I did eventually find out
exactly who did it to me, and I may yet find out who attacked this
web site. I have my suspicions already, but no proof. We'll see.
Finally, I apologize again to anyone who might have been
inconvenienced by this episode, and hopefully it won't happen again.