Malware and

28. 12. 2008 at 18:23

You have found this post because you’re trying to find out about an attack from a malware site that has somehow infected your web site causing virus alert warnings from programs such as Avast. I struggled to find out information searching Google for an answer when it happened to me yesterday. I fumbled around and eventually found the way to resolve it thanks to Scott of MTMinds.

The site has managed to get to your directory (web folders) and added some javascript to certain pages so that the malware (combination of malicious and software) is activated.  You need to do two things.

First make your site secure using new stronger passwords on your server access point and when using ftp. Change these passwords immediately. Use passwords with 8 to 12 character length that are not meaningful words just a string of letters (upper & lower), punctuation and numbers. I now use this site to generate ones automatically  for me: PC Tools Secure Password Generator.

Second find any files that have been “infected” and remove the offending javascript.

The javascript from was placed in the first line of the body on most of my sites, and finding it on ones I’d created using html and basic structures was easy…once I knew what I was looking for! But on sites built using templates such as WordPress and Drupal it was a more challenging discovery. So I’ve written this blog to help speed up your investigation and repair.

The javascript looks like this at the beginning <script language=JavaScript> then the functiion follows with function hilbnb25(z) the hilbnb bit might be a different set of charachters on your page but it always seems to follow with (z) Next is  {var c=z.length,m=1024 and then a huge string of letters and numbers ending with </script><!– your domain host –>
If you take all this out the problem is resolved.  Back up just in case you make a mistake.

To find the javascript
I have several sites and found the easiest way to see if my site was infected was to use the information menu on FireFox Web Developer extension. And then searched for It highlighted any code on the site. I could then locate the page via ftp and delete the code.

Pages affected
In my experience it was Index.html and index.php pages infected on basic sites
Header.php and Footer.php on basic sites with include files.

On Drupal templates you need to go into the directory of the theme you are using and locate the page.tpl.php file

On PHP Fusion edit the subheader.php and footer.php files

On WordPress go into the theme directory and edit the header.php and footer.php files.

Hope that helps.

Heart Attack – the experience

28. 12. 2008 at 17:24

Those who know me know that I recently had a heart attack.
I thought I’d explain what it was like, so hopefully it will put any one’s mind at rest who experiences chest pain and for any one who fears an attack.

What follows is a brief account of the experience… which I wasn’t expecting!

I’d woken about 8:30am on Monday 8 December. It was a day off and I’d pre-planned a day of fun. I was intending to install Photoshop CS4 on a new PC and then I was going to create some music using Logic and a midi-interfaced JVC30 keyboard.

I dressed and as I walked down stairs felt a pressure in my chest. I boiled a kettle for a cuppa. As I opened the eye-level cupboard door the chest pressure was increasing. This feeling wasn’t new.

I’d experienced it for the first time on Friday 05 December in the evening as I walked to meet a friend in Meadowhall. The distance from the car park to the Oasis is only about 800yards but it was enough to give me a slight worry. I even thought quite flippantly  “I hope I don’t collapse with a heart attack” As I reached the meeting point it went, so I thought nothing of it.

The next day, Saturday 06 December, I raced the family up that steep hill in Lincoln without even thinking about my chest. I was always proud that I had good energy. My 16 year old and I went up Snowdon via the Miners Track three months ago. He was knackered at the end of the climb. I bragged about being 47 and not out of breath.  Thinking back, there was a point when I did feel unusually faint and in need of an energy boost. I ate a chocolate bar and banana and it resolved.

Sunday 07 December went by without any problem, until I walked to the local shop to pick up some milk in the evening. On the way back I had the tightness again, but this time it was sharper and it did make me realise something wasn’t right. I mentioned it to my partner, but it disappeared again so I didn’t think any more of it that evening.

Now on the morning of the 8th, as I walked into the computer room to check the emails and web sites for messages, while the tea bag brewed, the pain was increasing.  I was starting to panic. This did not feel normal. I can only describe it as the feeling you got as a kid when doing school cross country in winter. The cold air biting as you try to breathe. Imagine that and multiply the pain by 10.

My usual action with pain is to grin and bear it. I attempted this by putting on a CD and trying to relax, but the pain grew. I decided to call 999. It was a hard thing to do. I felt silly, but some voice was urging me to do it.

The ambulance arrived 5-10mins later I felt embarrassed, but they were great. I explained the felling of pain/tightness right across the chest so they connected an ECG machine and took a reading. Everything seemed stable so I apologised for “wasting their time”.
They said it was up to me if I went to the hospital to check it out. I wasn’t sure what to do. A second ECG reading caused a slightly different reaction. They decided to take me to be on the safe side.

10mins later I was in Accident and Emergency. I explained all the symptoms to Lyn (the Nurse) but there were still no signs of any major problem, and then things changed! Lyn said I was having an attack – she administered Morphine then,  what seemed like seconds later, she asked if I would consent to being given a thrombolyser. Consent because the drug has risks of a stroke. I was uncertain what to do but the morphine was feeling great and a Doctor heard I was undecided and suggested I did take the Thrombolyser. Seconds later I was being injected with the drug and in process of a full  heart attack…all with minimal pain. thanks to the quick-thinking team and morphine.

The team were really pleased with the outcome, especially as four other patients were admitted at the same time, all suffering heart attacks and all were looked after by the very talented (and stretched) Lyn and her team. The CCU ward was full and I had to wait about four hours in A&E until a bed came free. I wasn’t uncomfortable – morphine made sure of that.

…to be continued.

I will over the course of the coming months explain about the recover process, the diet, the medicine, the stress test, having an angiogram, and the future.

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