This recently happened to FOUR of the websites I've designed in the past:
Firstly, I can't believe someone would stoop so low as to deface what are basically small town businesses - one's an almost charity who sells kiddy videos, one is my father's who admittedly is a nuclear health and safety engineer and has worked forthe MOD but who just consults to Boeing now, one is a local butcher site selling products online and the other one is a completely charitible Ollerton Village based website who focuses on recycling and litter picks! Hardly hacking into Microsoft or the BBC site! After realizing this had happened, I got this email from the host:
"We are aware that some of our customers are experiencing website defacements, this normally happens if a hacker has guessed your password or obtained access through a vulnerable script on your website.
To prevent this happening in future please remove any installation scripts (example: install.cgi) from your website and change your password to something hard to guess. Also password protect any folders that contain pages that can easily be hacked.
If your website has been defaced please let us know by sending request to 'support' and we will try and restore your website from backup and change your password to prevent further access to hackers.
IT Manager: James Innes."
OK, so this is fixable, the sites will get restored and everything will be checked script-wise and passwords make more uguessable.... but what do i do?
I'm very angry that these people have targeted some small town, fairly insignificant websites to deface, but what do i do? I realise that hacking etc. is against UK law, but since it's such a rural area if I go to the local police station (ten milesaway and I don't drive... and everyone knows what British public transport is like) they'll stare like yokels and ask what the " 'eel a wib-sight is, me duck" and it will be a waste of time. I know this for a fact before I even go there.
So, do i sit back seething with anger at these morons and let it pass, resigned... or do I try and struggle against the local illiterate in-bred police officers who are more used to dealing with conventional house break-ins etc.... (yes, I was born here but it is true there has been one murder and two rapes in the past eighteen years... hardly your experienced officers here...)
Has anyone else had this sort of situation before? What happened? What did you do? (I obviously have to do SOMETHING because these businesses websites are still offline and people are asking questions?....)