Posted November 04, 2009 by senocular
senocular.com got blacklisted on Google recently because of a hacking that caused the site to violate Google's quality guidelines. This was one of a couple hackings that have occurred over the past couple of years. I only have myself to blame, including insecure source files in some demos and old projects on the site that have become easily exploitable.
Thankfully, so far, hackers have only been injecting links into the site instead of ruining content. Nevertheless, it is not tolerable. This past occurrence was an especially tricky attempt that only displayed the hacker's links when being crawled by popular search engines such as Google's.
Every time I think I've patched things up, something else ends up happening. I've finally decided to take action and wipe the site clean and restart again from scratch.
It's about time, too. The current system is running off of a flat-file database I started in college when we didn't have access to any kind of normal database for site development. And I've never been a fan of the design (also years old). I hate colored backgrounds. Blue? COME ON! Heh. I've been considering/threatening WordPress for a while now, but I might end up stripping everything down to the basics to start. Porting the existing content should be easier that way, at least. We'll see.
What does this all mean? Probably no site for a little bit, then an ugly (or "plain") site for a while after that, with some obscure parts deleted and others moved. Stay tuned.
Update: As of now, senocular.com is back up on google. I've also noticed that the post just made its way to MXNA. Good timing.