Drama here this morning! I awoke to a message on Facebook from one of my followers saying that there was a malware message on Support a WAHP! WT?
I went looking on all of my social media sites and could find nothing, and then I went to my website. Sure enough, when I went to my domain, it had a lovely message from Google saying that my website was possibly infected by malware and visitors be warned (this message would have also been on this website and mumatopia.com).
After calling my techy husband in tears, he at least had the good sense to read the message and the problem was not with my sites but with a blogging distribution network called nuffnangx.com that I had joined a few months back (along with thousands of other bloggers).
Here’s what happened
An incoming blog was infected with malware. This, in turn infected nuffnangx.com and a few other websites. Google promptly blacklisted nuffnangx.com and the malware warning appeared on any blog attached to nuffnangx. We’re talking some huge blogs here! Not just little folk like me.
So, in the interests of public awareness and to help my fellow bloggers out:
1. Please be assured that my websites supportawahp.com, mumatopia.com and casmccullough.com DO NOT contain any malware. Even though I’m on a MAC (snigger, snigger), I do have antivirus software that picks up malware.
2. For any other bloggers who may have been impacted by Google blacklisting the nuffnangx site, if you go into your header.php (sometimes this is in your theme settings or options) and remove their verification code, your site will come back up and all will be well. Nuffnangx have been updating people via Twitter @nuffnangx and say they are doing everything they can to fix the problem.
I am really grateful to the wonderful blogger who suggested removing the code–whoever you are (my husband found a tweet and read it to me over the phone). If you are listed on other websites or your RSS distributes to blogging platforms, it’s probably a good idea to keep a list of code snippets you put on your website, just in case. This could happen to anyone.
Now that my brain is functioning again (and still haven’t had coffee this morning!)…here’s what I’ve learned from this experience:
- ehem… not so great in a technological crisis. Thank goodness my hubby is. Bless ‘im.
- I have wonderful fans who take the time to let me know when there’s a problem (Thank you Nikole Gipps!)
- Twitter is an awesome tool in a crisis!
Were you affected by this problem?
Update from Nuffnangx: