Those of you who subscribe to this blog via email might have (oddly) received an older post from “me” in your inbox today.   Some of you might have noticed a strange little ad at the bottom of the e-mail.

Additionally, if by chance you recently Googled m-cause, you may have received a notice that my site may be “compromised.”

All is well now.  I’ve had the site cleaned, changed all my passwords and installed a new plug-in that should protect me going forward–so please don’t worry :)  Hopefully, Google will decide to remove the “compromised” message after the spiders crawl the site again.

You might be thinking–so what about that weird Viagra online message?  Well, it seems that I was attacked by the “Pharma hack.”  This hack exploits your highest-ranking blog pages by adding spammy links (like Viagra online) into your content so that hackers can use your site to make money on affiliate links.

White Towers & a McWhopper of a week for Hacking

Hacking has really been in the news a lot recently.  Attacks just keep getting more vigorous and intelligent.  Burger King / McDonalds were hacked on Twitter this week.  China’s Army was also implicated in attacks on the US in a 60 page report from cyber-security firm Mandiant.  A nondescript “white tower” off Datong Road in Shanghai was said to have housed potentially hundreds of 21st century cyberwarriors.

Mandiant’s CEO says that he used to see about three major incidents a month when he started his business just a few years ago; now he estimates there are between 30 and 100 incidents a month.

Needless to say, I’ve learned my lesson over the past week!  “Black hat” hacking and cyber-crime is a big problem that is only getting bigger.  Unfortunately we’ll be hearing much more about this over the next few years…and, we’ll have to get better about protecting ourselves and our data.