Chef Ryan

Cajun Chef Ryan

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Fool Me Once, Fool Me Twice…

April 11th, 2010 · 15 Comments

We won’t Get Fooled Again!

Fool me once… shame on you. Between Christmas and New Year’s of 2009, my sites were hacked and my domain was infected and spreading malware across the Internet. I only knew because Google searches for any of my sites would redirect to a Google warning page. Luckily, I found the issue quickly, and resolved it in a day. Google took another day to return my site back to normal, so about 3 days of down time resulted in many lost hits and site visits.

Fool me twice… shame on me. Wednesday, April 7, 2010 turns out the Google warning message shows up again, but this time two of my sites were broken into and hacked. had malicious code interjected into a post via the database, and Cajun Chef Ryan had two files updated with similar malware code. The two CCR files were modified on Monday, April 5 and it took Google two days to put up the warning message on Wednesday. Essentially, the sites were down from Wednesday through Saturday, or about four days. Today, Sunday is the first day the sites are showing clear redirects with no warning messages.

We won’t get fooled again! The good thing to come out of this, and I have to actually thank the snot nose, evildoer F#%K hackers who did this, because we won’t get fooled again. Measures are in place now to monitor and protect the sites. Any suspicious activity will be reported the minute it happens, not one, two, or three days later, the alarm system is armed and operating. Like an alarm system for your house, my sites are now protected, so if anyone makes attempts to hack in again, notifications will be dispatched , they will be caught in the act, IP addresses will be recorded and your location will be found.

We’re Back!

Now back to the real purpose for this blog, talking about food and cooking. I have a lot of catching up to do, about a week and half worth of Eat To Live daily updates, some recipes, photos, and progress tracking for our health and weight loss. So, please stay tuned as we get back to normal in the next few days, and please know that you can visit my sites without any virus warnings or issues.

If you happen to get any warnings again, especially the false positives that result from some JavaScript on my pages, please give me as much detail as possible with the error or warning messages. If you have any doubt about my sites, please go to my main domain name site and you will see the SAFE Hacker Tested seal from Network Solutions.

Bon appetite!

Cajun Chef Ryan

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mary at Deep South Dish // Apr 11, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Wow, hate to hear this! Glad it all worked out though and glad you’re back.

  • 2 Cristina (TeenieCakes) // Apr 11, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    How absolutely frustrating and violating. So sorry to hear about your hacker issues. Glad it was resolved and welcome back. Also, good to hear that Google is accomodating.

  • 3 The Hungry Mouse // Apr 11, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Oh god, what a pain! We went through that ourselves. Glad you got everything resolved.


  • 4 Bamboobailey // Apr 11, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Glad all is well – can’t wait for the good stuff to come!! Have a great day.

  • 5 pegasuslegend // Apr 11, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    oh my so sorry to read this knew something had to be wrong no posts, missed you, and I agree thos F%^%$# idiots!

  • 6 Trix // Apr 11, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    That sucks! Why would anyone want to hack you? I don’t get it … You are sweet and awesome, it’s so dumb and mean to mess with you. Boo!!!

  • 7 Doc // Apr 12, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Yikes! Glad turned out well. My link is direct to this page; should I go through the main www. site everytime? BTW, if you need any help with the W-S Culinary school, i’d love to help. I am up there about 4 times a year.

  • 8 Michelle // Apr 12, 2010 at 11:42 am

    So sorry has happened to you. But glad you are now ready for the next time!

  • 9 sippitysup // Apr 12, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    What kind of alarms? I am such a ludite I am sure this kind of thing could happen to me. Now I am scared… GREG

  • 10 Emily // Apr 12, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Wonderful news! I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been experiencing trouble.

  • 11 Cajun Chef Ryan // Apr 12, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Check with your web hosting service provider for any security measures they may have. Mine has a 24/7/365 monitoring and performance service that sends me emails and text messages to my phone when anything happens, outages, hack attempts, etc.

  • 12 Cajun Chef Ryan // Apr 12, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    You can still reply and link to this site for any web updates.

  • 13 Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog // Apr 12, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Happy to see you Ryan again!! The hacker problems were general I saw lot of sites of WordPress with the same issue.
    Hooray you’re back 🙂

    Have a great week!

  • 14 timethief // Apr 13, 2010 at 12:27 am

    I’m glad you are back and sorry your site was targeted.

  • 15 OC2Seattle // Apr 13, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    So sorry to hear this happened to you!