After a long while trying to get passwords and domain information I was finally able to get Aistrup and Hind’s website back online after a spate of anti-christian hacker attacks.
Aistrup and Hind are a pipe organ tuner and restorer working out of Lincoln in Lincolnshire. I was not involved in their site at all but the company owner Chris came to me for help through a friend. Since January time this year they have suffered several attacks from what we believe to be Anit-Christian hackers who are specifically targeting what they believe to be Church or Christian related websites. Unfortunately the people who built their site were not contactable so we had to do some quite unusual digging to get hold of files and domain names. In fact what we eventually did is move them onto a .com domain from a .co.uk domain so we could get access to the domain settings.
The problem was with their hosting provider. They were not upgrading their servers and had left several back-doors including allowing the use of weak passwords. We were able to move the site onto our secure private servers and lock the site down tight to weather future attacks.
Situations like these are why I give my mobile number out to clients and tell them to call me any time if there is an emergency. We also noticed a few horrendous errors with the site while I was investigating the code. As it turns out the contact us form on the contact page had never been working since the site was developed. That was obviously a major problem for the client but we were able to code a secure mailing script and quickly get it running.
Rob Harrison – Web Designer in Lincoln