Update on what happpened – 15.10.2020
As many of you noticed, Uusi kielemme was offline for three days. The website was hacked and required my hosting provider to fix and restore things. The website was fully restored, because we have of course made backups.
Now, my hosting provider has done some detective work to figure out how and why this happened. It turns out that some malware crept into the server on the 27th of July (yes, almost three months ago). After that, malware has been getting in more and more without being detected. It’s likely that it happened due to a hole in the security of WordPress’ maintenance tools, but we can’t know for sure.
All in all, it doesn’t seem likely they were targeting me specifically. What’s scary is that I had no idea this was happening for so long!
My hosting provider stepped in and fixed things fairly quickly once the website went down, which I’m grateful for. There would be other hosting providers that specifically offer WordPress support. However, those are expensive, especially since my website gets so many visitors and I’m running a multisite system.
I will continue to take the same precautions I’ve taken so far, such as regular backups and updating WordPress plugins whenever they are released. My passwords have been changed and that seems all I can do right now. Be careful on the internet!