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Don’t know how it happened but

May 18th, 2008 . by Matt

… bots hijacked Occidentalism and started posting all kinds of nonsense. In the meantime, I was fighting the bots (unsuccessfully), but I think I have them beaten now. Everything working?

UPDATE: I have worked out exactly what happened. A black hat SEO put in hidden links on my pages using a exploit in the code of wordpress. A side effect of this was the broken formatting. Basically what I have had to do is go through every post on Occidentalism, more that 700 of them. I deleted the hidden links and hidden text but I am not sure if I have missed anything. Does anyone know how to find hidden text on this blog quickly so I can quickly nuke the remainder?

11 Responses to “Don’t know how it happened but”

  1. comment number 1 by: Matt

    BTW, if anyone can let me know the extent of the bots attacks, let me know. They have filled the blog with spam, and it is going to be quite an effort to get rid of it.

  2. comment number 2 by: toru

    Hello, I’m glad you are OK and the site is back to normal. I was little worried.

    Keep up the good work.


  3. comment number 3 by: ponta.


    Many people have been worried about you and your blog.
    Now it’s back.
    Keep up the good work!!!

  4. comment number 4 by: camphortree

    Hurray Matt is back! Matt is back!!
    Thank you very much for your very hard work. Please take care.

  5. comment number 5 by: HanComplex

    Glad to see the site is back. I’ve been wondering what had happened these past several weeks or so. Now that it’s back to normal I’m sure the regulars will be back as well.

  6. comment number 6 by: YoshoMasaki

    I thought maybe Firefox was just doing something funny, because I couldn’t see the site at home but school was okay.

    Glad to see things returning to normal, in any case.

  7. comment number 7 by: Errol

    Thanks for getting your blog back on line Matt.

    Per ardua ad astra!

  8. comment number 8 by: WhatTHE...

    Hey Matty, I have finally joined haha

    As always I’m here to help with all you technical enquiries. 🙂

    Not sure how your access and editing your blog but if you can ssh into your web host server and run commands (some web host providers don’t allow you)
    You can simply run a unix command to search through all the files and replace a particular search string and replace it with something else
    Let me know…

  9. comment number 9 by: Matt

    Hi WhatTHE…,

    You will have to show me how to do it. I can only guess at what you mean 🙂

  10. comment number 10 by: empraptor

    Maybe WhatTHE means for you to use “sed” or similar command. But I’m not sure if this helps you as your content is probably in a database.

    Glad to see the website back. The formatting before was unbearable.

    I thought this cold fusion experiment was pretty interesting, but you probably read this already in Japanese?

    Hope this is real.


  11. comment number 11 by: Aki

    I am Glad to see Matt is OK and occidentalism is back.


    The cold fusion experiment is not much talked about in Japan. It seems that Nikkei Navi reported it in Japanese on May 23th, but the report has already been removed. Here is google cache of the report. It says that the evidence for cold fusion is still insufficient.

    The report in the Physicsworld.com blog below has both positive and negative comments from researchers.

    Cold-fusion demonstration “a success”