Daily Archives: September 12, 2008

Normal service will resume shortly….

The “hacker” issue continues to exercise me somewhat. I am having an ongoing exchange with one of the higher authorities at WordPress — well with Mark, to be exact, and I really do thank him for this. Of course WordPress is very interested in discovering exactly what happened, and how.

Meanwhile, it appears the integrity of my old Gateway was particularly damaged, so you must get used to it not reappearing.* Not to worry: much of those stats that so fascinated some of you — not many I have to admit — are still on record over at Blogspot where they attract even less attention. 🙂

Not necessarily relevant: you know that policy here is to close off comments after two weeks, unless some really vital discussion is ongoing. I had been lazy, I admit, but I have now closed all comment threads in August.

On other internet hacks and woes, how many of you received the following email, complete with dodgy zip file?

On Internet forums there appeared messages of a powerful explosion at a Australia nuclear power station located in the suburbs of Sydney..
According to witnesses’ statements the explosion happened at about 3 pm on the 9th of September.
In particular, one resident of this town has made a call and had time to inform her relatives that connection in the town was being cut off in order not to let people phone somebody.
She insists that the explosion really took place at the nuclear power station, and that it was a really powerful one, and now the radiation cloud is moving.
This information is being unofficially confirmed in public agents’ private conversations.

Besides, local residents place pictures of the explosion consequences and victims’ bodies in their blogs.

The photo’s attached to this email!
Send this email to your friends!

That came from someone called Debbie. What a hoot! There are no nuclear power stations in Australia…


* The Gateway has now been deleted at my request. Oh, and there were 432 views of this blog yesterday, mostly to a post about someone named Sarah — a US politician, I think. 😉 Thanks anyway. We are back in business…


Oh dear, not ALL is well. My Sydney student pages is still up, but I can’t access its dashboard. I have sent another note to WordPress Support.


Thank you, Support. That problem is now solved. 🙂

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