Enemy Agents in the Empire

My blog is increasingly getting hacked with hidden spam ads; I have to delete them every few days, and Google is threatening to drop my blog from their search engine. Apparently this is a common problem with WordPress. Well, today I notice that my archive.php file is now misspelled arhcive.php, and starts with “Merhabba my friend” (misspelled Turkish!), but I’m not computer-savvy enough to know what to do without making it worse. Any advice?

7 Responses to Enemy Agents in the Empire

  1. Alex J. June 26, 2008 at 12:14 pm #

    Usually comments get turned off on a post a week or two after it gets posted. Hardly any legitimate comments get added to a post after a certain point.

  2. Matt June 26, 2008 at 12:20 pm #

    Get the newest WordPress version: 2.5.1
    You appear to be running 2.0.2 which is at least a couple years and several versions old.

  3. Administrator June 26, 2008 at 2:41 pm #

    To Alex J.: I’m not talking about comments, I’m talking about hidden ads actually inserted into my code.

    To Matt: My blog software is provided by Yahoo; they supposedly handle all updates automatically.

  4. bile June 26, 2008 at 4:48 pm #

    Are you sure about the auto updates? I’m not familiar with yahoo’s hosting service but some use automated scripts to install WP and other packages. Those scripts may update for you but it wouldn’t happen automatically. That’s dangerous. Moving from 2.0.2 to 2.5.1 may cause issues because a lot has changed since then. If possible I recommend setting up a 2.5.1 install somewhere, export the data from WP 2.0.2 and import it into 2.5.1. It may require some tweaking of the theme, etc.

    Or contact Yahoo support about upgrading.

  5. Matt Robison June 27, 2008 at 2:43 pm #

    Yep, definitely update your version of wordpress. The latest version fixes these security holes.

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