1.5M Unpatched WordPress Sites Hacked

My wife’s blog was one of those impacted but I had a backup of the SQL, so I was able to restore the content like it was prior to it being defaced.

Lessons learned: I don’t log on to my wife’s blog enough to see it needs updates. So I just enabled automatic updates for everything on it to mitigate that in the future. The downside of that is, I won’t see if an update will fail until later but I can always restore things like I did in this case.

Positives: My backups work. It was simple and easy to do a restoration. I logged into PHPMyAdmin dropped the table for her blog and then imported my backup and all was well again. After completing the updates it was ready to go.

For us her blog is pretty important. It acts as our family journal that she writes in every Sunday and reflects on our family and children.

I’m now also looking into a plug-in that will remind me to update her site.

Article with more information on this exploit and hack.

 


Who is Paul Darr?

Paul Darr has lived in the Inland Empire region of California, Oregon, Colorado and currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. Paul is also an Army Veteran, who has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. On the political spectrum Paul is a Libertarian that advocates fiscal responsibility and social tolerance. Paul is currently employed as a Computer Support Technician and is a father of one handsome boy. In his free time Paul enjoys reading, using and modifying open source software, gaming and several other geeky pursuits.

Bit by the Nexus 5x bootloop

So my Nexus 5x decided to start bootlooping on me over the weekend. I tried resetting and reflashing it but I had no luck there. Today I called the Google store and luckily they are extending my warranty and exchanging my device for a refurbished one. I’m currently using my old Nexus 5 that’s over three years old. I used it for two of those years and then my wife used it for one, until I bought her a Pixel this past Christmas. So far with going back to the Nexus 5 all I miss is the better camera, fingerprint sensor unlock and slightly better battery life. On the other hand I like the Nexus 5’s size more as it fits into my pockets better and feels better when using one handed. That all combined makes me a bit jealous of my wifes Pixel as it incorporates all the good points of both those and has an even better camera and battery life. So far the extra cost seems like a good investment for her device.


Who is Paul Darr?

Paul Darr has lived in the Inland Empire region of California, Oregon, Colorado and currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. Paul is also an Army Veteran, who has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. On the political spectrum Paul is a Libertarian that advocates fiscal responsibility and social tolerance. Paul is currently employed as a Computer Support Technician and is a father of one handsome boy. In his free time Paul enjoys reading, using and modifying open source software, gaming and several other geeky pursuits.

Office Shed Completed

So as some of you might know I’ve been working on building a shed that I planned to insulate and use as an office. After  several weekends of work it’s completed and I’ve moved my office out to it.

Here is my favorite shot which Sarah dubs it a Man-Cave:

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The three monitors are great for school work or gaming. The TV is great for me or when Joseph is hanging out with me. In this case he was watching a video of someone playing Twilight Princess while I was working on stuff.

It’s also useful for storage:

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Think of that as like a bunk used for storage.

There is also an area that’s going to have a future piece of foam for a couch/emergency guest overflow sleeping area.

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Joseph liked hanging out there while I wrote this. I also have all my random computer parts stored nicely.

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Here are a few “in progress” pictures for the project:

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I used Rock Wool insulation. It’s a bit higher R value than the pink stuff and it’s wonderful to work with in comparison. It’s also fire resistant and offers so sound insulation. It’s pretty tough to hear outside of the shed.

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This was after I covered the insulation with 1/4 ply wood and built my shelving. I debated using drywall but I like the wood everywhere. It’s tough to damage and I just like the look.

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This was a picture after being built. The only addition being some steps and a small window AC is now connected. I have a standard door with deadbolt to help make it more secure and provide a better seal against the elements. The outside of the building matches the siding and roof of my house, which made it easy to get HOA approval.

 


Who is Paul Darr?

Paul Darr has lived in the Inland Empire region of California, Oregon, Colorado and currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. Paul is also an Army Veteran, who has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. On the political spectrum Paul is a Libertarian that advocates fiscal responsibility and social tolerance. Paul is currently employed as a Computer Support Technician and is a father of one handsome boy. In his free time Paul enjoys reading, using and modifying open source software, gaming and several other geeky pursuits.