OD was hacked this afternoon. We successfully cleaned out the database. I trashed the old WordPress, installed the latest version, and connected it to a fresh backup. Everything seems in order. Thank God.
We’re still having problems with the forum. The database and files are still there. It is just a matter of cleaning up the mischief. All the authors and administrators need to change their passwords as soon as possible.
I’m going to spend the next few days tightening up security around here. Talk about a baptism by fire. It was inevitable that this would happen sooner or later. As this site grows and becomes more influential, I expect we will come under attack more frequently.
I owe Matt Parrott and Samuel Phillips a debt of gratitude. Without their help, I doubt we could have recovered from this.
Note: There is a bright side to this nightmare. I managed to update the WordPress software for the first time in two years!