Adventures In Machineland

To get this site back up and running over the past couple of days, I created an account with a security company that does automated scanning and malware removal. After a day of work, the machinery had got the site cleaned up well enough for Bluehost to put it back online.

When I went back to my new security dashboard just now, however, I found an alarming message: a “defacement” had been detected somewhere in my WordPress database, and the security outfit was going to decertify the website as “clean” if I didn’t get it sorted out in 72 hours.

It turned out that what had happened was this: in reviewing the site, the scanner had run into this old post about the world-championship tournament between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen back in 2013.

The title of the post was “Pwned!”. (For those of you who aren’t familiar with this geeky word, have a look here.) It turned out that the scanner figured that this was the mark of a hacker’s having defaced the page! I explained to the security-company’s tech-support agent that this was actually the title of the post, and the scanner will “whitelist” it henceforward.

Unfortunately, though, it appears that the comment-form caching problem that we’ve been having still hasn’t been solved. I hope to get that taken care of soon. Thank you for you patience.


  1. Jimmy says

    It amuses me for all the thoughtcrime on this blog, this innocent post is what endangers the blog.

    Posted January 30, 2018 at 4:27 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Yep. I live to write another day.

    Posted January 30, 2018 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

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