[ubuntu-uk] Website Hacked.....

John jakewc2 at sky.com
Sat Jun 27 20:31:57 BST 2009

Sean Miller wrote:
> 412 sites on a shared server is pushing it a bit.
> I have 4 servers that I administer.  The most difficult to deal with
> is the one where customers install their own software, such as phpBB.
> I have no control, and so fight a continuous battle against hackers
> etc.
> The easiest is the one that only runs software that I or my colleagues
> have written.  Every one of the 60 or so sites has been either written
> by myself or one of two others using software that we are relatively
> sure is secure.  Because they're all bespoke there is no opportunity
> for the hackers to install their own version locally and find the
> vulnerabilities and then to come and hack us.  This is a reassurance,
> and  a good argument against using "off the shelf" CMS or Forum
> software.
> This is clearly not an option for you, on your shared hosting with all
> those other 400+ sites that you have no control over.
> If you can I'd recommend you purchase a VPS or something - they start
> at only about £15/month.   Then at least you're in control and aren't
> at the mercy of other customers of your supplier in the way you are
> with shared hosting.
> I could show you CGI scripts that actually give access to the entire
> server from a hacked site.   And that doesn't have to be one of YOUR
> sites.
> Be aware of this.
> Sean
I am having terrible problems with the host right now, they just dont 
seem to be capable of restoring the backups. They cant even tell what 
domains go with what address. It seems that they are just incapable of 
fixing this. Its really worrying me. i keep getting e-mails from Tier 
two saying its fixed, and its not, from the chat line, they are saying 
ok, we are trying, but they are getting really confused.

My only problem is, I cant  afford too much money, as I pay for it all 
myself, and dont have donations. The whole site is about 2.5 plus gigs 
of information, and to move it would cost me a fortune.

This company as it is costs me about £12 a month, and that is about my 
limit right now. I wouldnt have a clue of who else to use.

I spent 6 years getting this site the way it was, now if my host cant 
get it fixed, I have lost it all. Feel a bit disheartened at the moment. 
Sorry for the rant. :(

Thank you all so much for your support, I really appreciate it all. Its 
keeping me going here.


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