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message 1: by Segilola (new)

Segilola Salami (segilolasalami) | 405 comments If you are on goodreads, did I offend you? Please I beg you in the name of the old gods, the new gods and the future gods to please forgive me. Please call off your hackers. Trying to hack into my website is like The Rock hitting a 5 year old. If you feel the need to flex your hacking muscles, please go attack Mi5, the CIA, the FBI, even Amazon. You see, they are your equals. I'm not

Fellow goodreaders: So after the hacking incident over the summer, I upped my website security and still the bloody mofos aren't moving on. I think they are so determined to hack into my website and it seems that as everything they have tried has failed, they have gotten the big guns out. They're now using a program that autogenerates new IP addresses as well as passwords.

A friend said maybe it's someone I know but I would like to think that (even though I do come across as a little bit as snobby in real life (cos I don't like socialising)) no one hates me to the extent of trying to break into my website.

So please add your pleas to mine and just maybe the person I unknowingly offended online would STOP! The last 21 hours has filled my inbox with pages of failed login attempts notification.

website hackers


message 2: by Marie Silk (new)

Marie Silk | 1022 comments Wow that's messed up. Sorry you are going through that Segilola.


message 3: by Graeme (new)

Graeme Rodaughan Hi Segilola,

I'm with Marie - unfortunately I have no answers.


message 4: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 14956 comments Extremely annoying stuff. They need to have a cyber police or something to protect citizens in cyber space, and hopefully better than in real life...

Hope the hackers will let go.


message 5: by Segilola (new)

Segilola Salami (segilolasalami) | 405 comments thanks guys . . . I just really don't know what to do. I think they feel it's a challenge. thankfully I learnt my lesson from a few months before. their software is so sophisticated one of my website monitors didn't pick their attempts up and this monitor is actually quite good.

but like you said Nik, hopefully they'll let go. I just don't get why they feel the need to hack into an author website.


Tara Woods Turner | 2063 comments This is horrific on so many levels. From what I understand these hackers practice or train on random categories of attacks. The first attack was almost certainly random but it worked so that put you on a revisit list because they knew you would increase your security. Hackers need you to do that because it's their job to document how many security layers they can punch through and what methods worked or did not work.

There must be some way for you to end this nightmare. Is WP supportive?


message 7: by Mehreen (new)

Mehreen Ahmed (mehreen2) | 1911 comments Wow That is terrible. So sorry!


message 8: by Zee (new)

Zee Monodee (zee_monodee) | 0 comments Wow! This needs a WTF button, imo... I'm with Tara, though. Maybe you upping security comes across as a challenge to them, that they have to best you. It might not be malicious per se attacking you as a person...

But yes, is WP helping? Can't you contact a cyber crime unit in your area?


message 9: by Segilola (new)

Segilola Salami (segilolasalami) | 405 comments sadly WP is volunteer run and they rarely respond to support threads. well no one replied when I did so over the summer

I did report to the UK cyber crime unit and they just took details down to monitor trends.

I'm almost tempted to turn off email notification. Had to delete over 300 email notices of multiple failed login notices this morning


Tara Woods Turner | 2063 comments 300! @-@


Tara Woods Turner | 2063 comments Tara wrote: "300! @-@"

You should start using a contact or info at segilolasalamidotcom. It won't stop the spam but at least all the junk will be in one place and you won't have to weed through the crap to get to your personal emails.


message 12: by Segilola (new)

Segilola Salami (segilolasalami) | 405 comments I rarely get spam with my gmail. other than on goodreads, my email isn't published any where. the emails are from my security plugin letting me know what's going on. I ask people to contact me via my website and that weeds out spam.

I'm feeling quite smug now, the mofos tried for 24 hours and couldn't get in, so they seem to have stopped. Going for the paid security option cos I imagine whatever attack they try next might topple my little author website.


Tara Woods Turner | 2063 comments This is good news! I'm in the middle of building my site now and you've got me scared. By the way, what did your host have to say about this?


message 14: by Segilola (last edited Oct 10, 2016 02:19AM) (new)

Segilola Salami (segilolasalami) | 405 comments they didn't say much before but I will contact them again.

the mofos haven't really stopped just slowed down. they were attacking quite forcefully before up to 4 login attempts per minute, now they're down to per 10 minutes

check out this post for security plugins https://theme4press.com/top-10-best-s...


Tara Woods Turner | 2063 comments Big thanks :)


message 16: by Segilola (new)

Segilola Salami (segilolasalami) | 405 comments recommendation to anyone getting a new website

1 do not use admin as the username
2 do not use the default login page, get a plugin that changes it completely.

$40 poorer this morning but I would have loved to see their face when they go to my default login page and get error message "oops the page you are looking for cannot be found" [evil maniacal laugh]


Tara Woods Turner | 2063 comments That's hilarious! Off to look up plug-ins.


message 18: by Stef (new)

Stef | 8 comments Glad it somehow worked out. :)


message 19: by Segilola (new)

Segilola Salami (segilolasalami) | 405 comments Stef wrote: "Glad it somehow worked out. :)"

yeah, so am I but that's $40 I didn't budget for. oh well


message 20: by Graeme (new)

Graeme Rodaughan Thanks Segilola,

A cautionary and brave tale.


message 21: by Denise (new)

Denise Baer | 593 comments That sucks, Segilola. Glad you were able to fix it, even though it cost you some bucks. Hopefully now they'll move on.


message 22: by Segilola (new)

Segilola Salami (segilolasalami) | 405 comments yea, I do hope so too.

bots are so sophisticated these days. for the first 24 hours they kept finding the new login slug. had to get the developer involved and disabled something else. hopefully now they can't attempt to pick a lock if they don't know where the lock is.


message 23: by Segilola (new)

Segilola Salami (segilolasalami) | 405 comments Coincidence? Some mofo has been spamming my event page https://www.goodreads.com/event/show/...


Leviathan Libraries (leviathanlibraries) Segilola wrote: "Coincidence? Some mofo has been spamming my event page https://www.goodreads.com/event/show/..."

O_o wow.


message 25: by Segilola (new)

Segilola Salami (segilolasalami) | 405 comments yup, double WOW and the person just joined Goodreads. What normal person joins goodreads and the first thing the person does is to spam an event page?


Leviathan Libraries (leviathanlibraries) Segilola wrote: "yup, double WOW and the person just joined Goodreads. What normal person joins goodreads and the first thing the person does is to spam an event page?"


I think there's a word in that sentence that shouldn't be there. normal


Leviathan Libraries (leviathanlibraries) I might sound facetious, but...

Crazy Ex a possibility?


message 28: by Segilola (new)

Segilola Salami (segilolasalami) | 405 comments ahahahaha I know right . . . sadly I doubt it would be a crazy ex.

Most people that know me personally don't know I write. I would like to think of the few that do know, they have better things to do with their lives than troll me online.

saying that, you are the second person to ask if it could be someone I know personally but I can't think of a way of finding out.


Leviathan Libraries (leviathanlibraries) Segilola wrote: "ahahahaha I know right . . . sadly I doubt it would be a crazy ex.

Most people that know me personally don't know I write. I would like to think of the few that do know, they have better things t..."


Well, the way it presents is that you've definitely done something to tick someone off at some point. And either it was a big thing or they're REALLY unbalanced. So it could be some random internet troll, but considering the escalation......


message 30: by Segilola (new)

Segilola Salami (segilolasalami) | 405 comments OMG that's the funnies comment I've read all day. I think I would like to guess that the person really is unbalanced. If it is a friend, then the person really isn't a friend. Time will tell, sooner or later, the person would make a mistake


message 31: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 14956 comments KGB maybe?-:)
They seem to be accused of many of the recent hackings


message 32: by Segilola (new)

Segilola Salami (segilolasalami) | 405 comments I think if it was them, they would have broken in without me knowing ehehe


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