HACKED…

I apologize if you tried to read this blog today, as around 8am this morning, Flash For Learning was hit with a comment-spam attack — approximately 500 comments were force-entered in about the span of a minute or so, which somehow corrupted the database backup of the wp-options part of my WordPress install… this in turn made my site pretty much unusable.

It took me most of the day to figure out what happened and most of this evening to fix it. Normally, I would have left it to my hosting provider, Dreamhost — except after over 12 hours, I DIDN’T GET SO MUCH AS AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF MY SUPPORT TICKET. Normally, Dreamhost has been pretty good to me, but this is the third time now that I’ve had some kind of catastrophe on one of my blogs. The last two times, they got in touch with me right away and gently broke it to me that there was nothing they could do to help me. This time, though — not even a pulse. That’s pretty weak sauce, Dreamhost.

If any of you readers have suggestions for equally affordable hosting with better customer service, I’ll be listening. It’s such a pain to transfer my domains over, but it is equally painful to be distracted by the fact that the customer service and support that I pay for with my hosting plan (paying two years in advance like a good soldier, even), and I can’t get so much as a two-hour turnaround (much less the twelve-hour turnaround) on an emergency support ticket — that’s just not right.

I apologize if everything’s not quite to normal with RSS feeds and stuff over the next couple of days. I’ll be working vigorously to get back to good, or better.

**FINAL UPDATE:** It looks like I was able to now restore everything.   Let me know if you find something missing.

*UPDATE*: Full Feedburner goodness is restored, so you can [save this to del.icio.us](http://del.icio.us/post?v=4&partner=fb&url=http%3A%2F%2Fflashforlearning.com%2F2008%2F04%2Fhacked%2F&title=HACKED%E2%80%A6) all you want.

*UPDATE*: Pictures and other attachments on this domain are still down, probably until Friday of this week (need to still restore from my laptop, and uploading is slower than downloading). [*5:41AM*]

*UPDATE*: Feedburner RSS is restored, which is probably why you’re even reading this 🙂 [*10:35pm*]