Notice how I put hackers before harpies and maggots. That’s because I think hackers are the worst and should all be executed or at least have their fingers broken.
Ok, ok, I know that sounds a bit extreme but I am royally p.o.’d! I’m a “mom and pop operation” minus the “pop.” I’m not a government entity that has lots of juicy information; I’m not a movie studio putting out funny movies about world dictators; I’m not a corporation that produces products other companies/countries want to counterfeit. I’m just trying to muse about today’s cultural, social and political life in America.
But does that stop the hackers from messing with me? Noooooooooooooooo! For the past few months, my little website, idontgetit.us, has been hacked not once, not twice, but three times.
If it weren’t for my wonderful nephew (you know who you are) who’s spent God only knows how many hours on this problem, I don’t know what I would’ve done.
All I know is how to write an article, how to post it on my website, how to send out a mailing letting my readers know that I’ve written something new and that’s about it. End of story. I have no idea how the rest of it works and I just pray everything runs smoothly.
Well, about four months ago, I started to get “alerts” from my hosting service that something was wrong. For me, that’s like seeing red lights appear on my dashboard or the blue screen of death on my computer screen. I completely freeze up, start to vibrate, and call my husband to the rescue or, in the case of my website, my nephew.
Even though my nephew, who has the patience of a saint, has tried to explain what’s going on by talking about bots, plugins, themes, malicious injections, hacker shells, he might as well be speaking in tongues. Just yesterday, over 200 (!) attempts were made to log on to my website from Italy. That doesn’t include the attempts made by creeps in the Netherlands, Russia, Iraq, United Kingdom, China,France, India, Belarus, Romania, Ukraine as well as Culver City, California over these past few months. These have since been blocked.
Bottom line is that, at the height of the problem, a page was somehow inserted into my website to sell Viagra. Yes, to sell Viagra on the internet using my website to do so.
This is so wrong on so many levels that it’s absolutely unbelievable to me.
I’ve said this a hundred times. If these despicable people used their knowledge and talent to do something positive, we’d probably find cures for all known diseases.
But, more importantly, why would anyone purchase Viagra online? It’s illegal without a prescription so if someone has ED, why wouldn’t they just go to their doctor and get one?
Someone said to me that some men are “embarrassed” to tell their doctors. I looked at him quizzically and said, “embarrassed?” No one can imagine the things I’ve told and asked my doctor. That’s why he’s there. That’s why I pay him big bucks. That’s why he went to medical school — to listen to all my “embarrassing” secrets and answer my questions.
Why would anyone risk buying this stuff online when they have absolutely no idea where it’s coming from, what’s in it, and whether they should be taking it in the first place?
According to the Viagra website, there are 14 reasons not to take it and there are numerous warnings that medicines someone’s already taking could have adverse effects if mixed with Viagra. There’s also information about counterfeits including the use of “blue printer ink” to make the pills blue. Why would anyone take that risk when he can legitimately get a prescription from his doctor?
My website is up and running. It’s one less aggravation for me and my nephew to deal with … for now. I’m hoping it stays that way.
I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.