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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

My blog was hacked.

My dear readers,

My blog has been hacked, and someone is still messing with the blog coding. I wanted to let you know that I didn't write the "happy new year" post (which I've now deleted). If you see any posts over the next couple days that don't sound like me, they probably weren't written by me.

I'm figuring things out as quickly as I can; please hang in there with me!

Love, Joanna
P.S. Meanwhile, Toby and I traveled for 14+ hours today, including a scary emergency airplane landing in New Orleans. Acks, what a day!!

Update: Things seem to be back on track, whew! Thanks for your sweet comments!

146 comments:

Anna Walker said...

I hope this all works out for you!
So sorry this happened!
Keep optimistic and pick a super super hard password!

Shanti Knight said...

acks indeed! sending my sympathy!

Emily Toon said...

I'm so sorry! I hate when people feel the need to do things like that. I hope you get it figured out :)

House Mad said...

That's horrible. There has to be a way to outsmart them.

kate said...

Sorry to hear that! What a nightmare. Get home safe!

Brooke said...

Hope you sort it out Jo - some people must have nothing better to do than be annoying! Glad to hear the emergency landing ended ok:)

Jen Bruntlett said...

I thought when I just read that new years post it sounded strange and impersonal. Sending happy thoughts your way!

NCavillones said...

maybe it's time for you to get your own self-hosted blog... it's really not that expensive. i use dreamhost. (i'm sure you can plenty of recommendations from other as well.) they'll help you transfer everything over, although if the hackers have embedded some nasty code, you might not want to do that unless someone finds the code and deletes it. my google account was hacked earlier this year and it was such a PITA! a good pw, according to my sys admin hubby, is one that starts with a series of numbers that have special meaning to you, then a series of letters, followed by another series of numbers. each series should have some kind of meaning to you so that you can easily remember it but will be random to others. good luck!

Lauren said...

Oh what a day! Your positivity and world full of supporters will block them from doing it again!

Anonymous said...

im really sorry to hear that!): cheer up and i hope the problem is solved as soon as possible! <3

Sandy a la Mode said...

i am so sorry to hear about your blog being hacked! i hope it goes back to normal for you soon!!!

Joanna Goddard said...

NCavillones, thank you so much! those are great tips. thanks for these sweet comments! i am shaking like a leaf -- i feel like someone has broken into my house or something :) xo

kelly ann said...

this is just SO creepy. WHY do people do things like this?! so unfair. i hope it all gets worked out, joanna!

caroline said...

you poor thing! i'm glad you caught it early.

i hope you all had a wonderful holiday... it looks like it!

i bet getting home to new york is going to be quite the contrast from palm springs. :)

Kim said...

glad you caught it when you did. i had my account hacked a few months ago, or atleast they tried, and google alerted me and put a block on my blog until I logged in. i'm the same way - i was SO freaked out and felt like someone was watching me!!

ladaisi said...

My sympathies, love!

I'v never had this happen to me, but if I do I will be begging you for advice.

Good luck.

- Lauren

Ladaisi Blog

candy apples said...

I'm so sorry to hear that :( Hope you get back full control over your blog soon!!!

xoxo
Ai

Judi said...

I saw the New Year's post and thought it was a little premature! Sooo sorry your blog was hacked, some people just have no respect for other people's property.

(BTW, not to downplay the severity of the situation, but what a random post to make!)

Sarah Katie said...

i didn't even know that people hacked blogs. that is so crazy! i hope everything works out. the question is, and i'm just joking on this, perhaps this post is a hacked post? tehe. you needed a laugh in there somewhere. i hope that you had a great vacation

Brancoprata said...

I do hope you can solve this asap... sorry for the bad day... I'm sure tomorrow will be better.
Xo

Miette said...

i didn't know that people could do that! oh grief so i am going to be on the lookout for blog hackers! nothing worse than traveling in these conditions and having to deal with that. good luck and happy new year! safe travels home!

maria @mietteshoppe.com

Kate Morgan Jackson said...

So sorry, Jo! Hang in there - stuff like this is always SO maddening! xxx.

G. said...

Good luck getting this all sorted out!! You have a lot of loyal readers...and we'll stick with you no matter what ;)

Tara said...

I didn't think the New Year's post sounded like you... best of luck as you sort things out!

Jennifer said...

good luck!! rooting for you that everything works out!!

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AliveintheFire said...

Joanna, so sorry to hear about the hack. I totally thought that earlier post didn't sound like you! Plus, it's not new year's so it seemed a little off. Glad you figured it out and hope everything goes better now! xoxo

I Dream Of said...

Oh gosh! What a day, indeed. Hang in there. Sending happy thoughts. PS-emergency landing???? Super Scary! Glad you are safe.

Jamie said...

how strange that someone would go to the trouble of hacking and then just post a lame happy new years post... you'd think they'd pull a prank and post something inappropriate or post some kind of advertisement.... so weird.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

I am sorry that that happened. I don't know why people want to do things like that.

Anonymous said...

Good grief - no wonder I had a feeling about that previous new year's posting. Your readers are all intuitive and supportive, so don't worry too much and hang tight!

Rachel Gray said...

I saw the New Year's post and immediately thought "oh no, something happened". How terribly creepy. Ugh.

Blue Is Bleu said...

I was wondering why you'd wish everyone a happy new year so early! I hope it's sorted soon and it's just so unfortunate that people take delight in doing stupid things like that. Glad you're all safe too :)

adorninc said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry! I hope it gets cleared up for you soon. That must be a worry.

Gillian said...

You must have felt so violated. You don't deserve that Jo!
Hope it all resolves and the crazy hacker get his or her come-uppance as my mother would say. Sending love!
xo

Fernanda said...

So sorry . Just wondering why someone who is obviously bored with lige, don't think about doing something productive , volunteer work etc. Sad that people like this exists... Glad that you guys arrived safely!

Pera Chapita said...

I thought that new year's post was so unlike your taste for design! I wish you the best and thanks for sharing such a lovely blog with us :)

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

eeek that's horrible!
A few months ago I had 'people' using my name to leave comments on other blogs! so disturbed by it!

Glad you guys are safe from the scary landing!!
~hugs*

marigold said...

First and foremostly, glad to hear you both made it home safe. When I saw the Happy New Year's post, the first thing I thought was "I wonder why she hasn't credited the photo? She always does that!"

Suite Henry said...

This is weird.
Sorry to hear it.
Hope it works out well. We tune in for you... not anyone else :)

Kudos on 14+ hours of travel with a young one. Holiday travel is hard enough without an infant!

Erin said...

I knew there was something weird about that post. It had a spelling error, was 3 days early, and there was no photo credit. Definitely not you!

Glad you're okay, and hope you get things sorted out quickly.

Into Vintage said...

I saw that post and thought it didn't sound quite like your usual cheery, sweet self. Why the heck would someone want to do that? Hope you're all home safe now. Happy New Year!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

UGH! Good luck!
Kristin

Hollie said...

oh no! I hope you get things straightened out without any hassle!

Cat Bensein said...

oh my goodness!

My Beautiful Life said...

How horrid! So sorry! Wishing you and little Toby safe travels, and hope the rest of your week is much better...

Heather Gray said...

Oh geez, that's awful. What a crazy couple of days you've had. I am glad you guys are okay. Let's leave emergency landings and blog hackings in 2010.

Elissa said...

That's terrible.I'm so sorry this happened (and while you're dealing with 14+ hours of travel on top of it.) Unfortunately, there are some really lousy people out there who have nothing better to do.

I hope you can sort things out. Much luck sent your way!

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Julie Anne Rhodes said...

Does the hacker think he/she will magically become a star blogger? Scary! I don't understand these things.

Glenda said...

OMG! hackers are crazy! hope you, Alex and Toby made it home safely!

Anonymous said...

It sounds like you've had a scary day! I hope you get the blog hacking situation figured out soon, and I'm glad the emergency landing ended up being OK. My aunt and uncle had to deal with an emergency landing while flying with 7 month old twins while on their way to Spain a few years ago, and I know how freaked out they were!

Take care!
-Erica

nadia said...

Sending positive vibes your way! Sounds like a rough day :(

Take care,

Nadia

B. in the Know said...

Oh my goodness - so sorry to hear about your blog being hacked! So sad!!
Much love,
B

Anonymous said...

i am so sorry!!!!! People can be so selfish and mean. You will get through this. :)

Amber said...

Poor you! I did think that post wasnt up to your usual standard!

Jessica said...

Bah humbug, hacker! So weird, I thought the post was a little off. Glad you're all back safely!

Notes from Holly St. said...

so sorry to hear about the day you've been having...sounds awful! try not to worry too much...i'm sure everything will be fixed in no time!

megan said...

That is so weird! Why would someone do that? I don't get it. So glad you got back to NYC safely, however.

Sobrina Tung said...

oh, joanna, that's awful! i'm sorry you have to deal with this :(

Anonymous said...

What's really odd is the vintage Happy New Year card design was kind of charming. But it seemed odd you'd post such a terse post.

jenny said...

about a week ago i flew from charlotte to tampa, and after being in the air for about 45 minutes the pilot came on and said "ummm...we've had partial hydraulic failure so we're turning around to go back to charlotte"!!!! and there were fire trucks waiting for us when we landed!!! i know how scary that can be...

Karena said...

That is terrible Joanna, I don't understand why anyone does these things, and scary too that I responded to it! Let me know what you find out...

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Karena said...

I also thought it was just short and crisp because you were Holiday traveling / hit the storms etc.

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

carol c said...

oh noes! I am so sorry to hear this terrible news. I was wondering about that new years post when I hopped on today, thought something was amiss. I hope that this will get all sorted out soon. this is a terrible way to end the year and I wish you the best. cheers.

SK said...

Joanna,

That is so scary!! I hope you are able to get to the bottom of this blog hacker... Glad you made it to New York safely!

Best,

Sunkyung

Kimberley said...

So sorry to hear it! The same happened to me recently - I totally empathize. Good luck recovering everything. :)

{ Nina Designs } said...

Hope everything gets better...we'll be there waiting for you lovely posts! Happy new year!

scarves said...

Scarves Scarves. i will be much

missed.

Thanks for the lively conversation, My best to the once and future Blowhards!

Kristina said...

Hope you made it home safe!
And concerning the hacker, I really think some people must be reallllly bored to keep annoying like that!
Viele Gruesse and a happy new year to you, Kristina

Linnea said...

Sorry to hear. Didn't know people hacked blogs. Best of luck and make a terribly hard password.

amatutare said...

I'm sorry to hear that! I hope everything is solved quickly.
A Happy New Year to you and your family!

amatutare.wordpress.com

Victoria said...

Gosh that is very scary! I hope it doesn't happen again. x

Aimée said...

Glad to have you back!
Tracelling for Christmas is so stressful sometimes, this year we've decided not to go to Ireland and...if you ask me...Thanks God we didn't!

Rachel Eastin said...

What!!!? That is sooooooo weird!!!!! and crazy! I'm sorry!

EVE said...

omg, thats so weird! who does that :s

Paul & Paula said...

oh good lord, wishing you lots of energy and strenghts!
Hope you get everything back to normal as soon as possible... must be so weird!!!
LOVE from Amsterdam

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Ugh - that is awful! What is wrong with people? I didn't think that post sounded like you...

And 14 hours of travel + and emergency plane landing? You poor thing! What a rough day. :(

kait said...

Those hackers have terrible grammar, that's how I spotted it. Hope you're recovering from the hack/scary plane emergency.

Chapstick Fanatic said...

i didn't think that post sounded like you. sorry about your hacker and your terrible plane ride.

http://lachapstickfanatique.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Hackers get out of this BEAUTIFUL blog!!!!
the best for u jo

Paz from Uruguay

avant garde design said...

wow, aren't people amazing? who has that kind of time anyway? yikes. good luck with your blog, hope you have it back in your own hands soon. i wonder if there is a way to secure a blog? i'd never even thought of it until now. hmmm. best of luck on your plane rides too!

Kristin Jo said...

I was kind of like, wow that's pretty ugly and so not her style...funny!

kirstyb said...

that is so bizarre - y would someone do that xxxx

Courtney at Scattering Lupines said...

I was WONDERING! It seemed a bit EARLY. It made me panic (slight exaggeration) and double-check my calendar (the truth)
:)

Luli said...

I am so sorry this happened to you. That's horrible!! I must admit, when I read that post, I said to myself that it doesn't sound like your usual witty, sparkling self. So I just assumed your post was rushed because you were traveling.

Manu said...

I knew it wasn't you! But, what's the point of posting in someone else's blog?? Besos

Helen Vilela said...

Hope everything will be fixed!

I love this blog and I love the things YOU write!

kisses from Brazil!

Ana* said...

How creepy!

Designwali said...

oh no!

xoxo said...

didn't realize these things could happen... hope you get back on track...emergency landing (eeps! that's pretty scary)...

glad you guys are alright...

Dee said...

wow that would be creepy... hang in there.

marissa said...

oh my gosh i knew that wasn't you! glad you're home safe now!

nina said...

Sorry to hear all that, but glad to hear you made it home in one piece!

christina kober said...

I'm so sorry you had such a rough day! I thought that post didn't look like you... I'm glad y'all are home safe!

Dancing Branflake said...

This scares me because they were obviously trying to sound like you. Crazy! Is this what happens to famous people? Ps... you are way famous.

Anna Claire said...

So sorry! Some people are just jerks. I hope everything gets back on track and I'm glad you and Toby made it safely!

Kelsey said...

Ugh! Sounds like you need a cozy chair and a steaming mug of hot chocolate, pronto!

Kirsten said...

Hope that everything gets sorted out quickly, and that you can recover everything that jerk messed around with. Sounds like you are having quite the day. :( But at least you and Toby are safe and sound!

~Kirsten
http://triplemaxtons.blogspot.com

Sherman Unkefer said...

Creepy! Glad to hear you made it home in one piece!

Snappy Di said...

I've never seen the point in hacking someone's blog. ??? What are they looking for and what is it hackers hope to gain? Good luck to you.

Di

missmehoneybee said...

I didn't think that sounded like you! Watching the news this morning and thinkin about your sweet family out there. Travel Mercys be with you. Bet you cant wait to be home.

Chris said...

aww ick! glad to read your positive spirits through the post, though. way to hang in there:)

Gaby @ The Vault Files said...

Oh my Goodness, that's terrible! Both your hacker and your emergency landing! How did Toby behave? In a couple of weeks I'm flying around the world (Toronto - New Caledonia) with my 8 month old baby and I am sooooo scared! Not sure how is going to handle 3 flights in a row!

Kristin said...

When I saw your post I thought "That's strange.... Doesn't sound like Joanna and it's not New Years!"

So scary about the plane ride!!!!!!

alex said...

that's so upsetting and must feel really violating. i'm so sorry that happened to you and I can't even imagine why someone would do that. Like many other readers, I too felt like something was off when I read the post, and I think that's a testament to how strong your work is, and how much of who you are goes into what you write. maybe that's the silver lining?

Kiera said...

ohhh no what a bummer! I was wondering about that 'Happy New Year' post!

fleur_delicious said...

so sorry to hear that! Do you have an etsy account, Jo? They sent out an email last week that their account information had been hacked, so emails + passwords were out and circulating. I just discovered another account last night that I had to change, gah!

hoping you get it all under control soon - and without too much hassle!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Oh dear! Sending you solutions and peace. If you find out how to protect yourself, please let us know via email or something, eek. Well safe and joyous days ahead for you I hope. Blessings.

Natalie said...

I've been there... I have an itsy bitsy blog... but someone hacked in and deleted 1,000 posts. Seriously.

It is one of the main reasons why I switched to wordpress... you can install all sorts of security plugins... and I know who logs into my account now -- and if they get locked out and their IP address. Someone from the UK tried to get in yesterday and got locked out.

You can give your current gmail username non-admin privleges (sp!?) and then create one that is different from your gmail that you use everyday to post... that way someone doesn't have access to your email, too.

Eme said...

I actucally thougth it was a bit strange that you would post about new year so soon, but because you were away... scary!
hope you can sort things out soon.
at least you're home!
take care***

joanna said...

Natalie, that's terrible, you poor thing!!!

joanna said...

alex, so sweet of you to say!

La chica said...

I am so sorry, I send you all my suport.

xxx

Cat said...

What is wrong with people!?!?!? That is so creepy...it is like some stranger writing in your personal diary. Yuck. Here is to getting it figured out quickly and re-securing the fort! xo Cat

Giulia said...

It's beyond creepy. I'm having visits from the grossest websites & I can't get it to stop. So I've stopped posting on one blog.

I knew it wasn't you & wrote a quick email that it was misspelled & "off" but not sure you saw it.

You really might have to go to another server. Anyway, I'm glad you guys are all right after the unplanned landing.

xoxo

Anonymous said...

Hope you will get it all sorted and find a way to super protect yourself. Some people can be creeps!!!

baballa said...

i just read!!! i'm glad everyone it's ok!!! and hope you make work everything !!!

Kate said...

You have my sympathies. Pick a really really really hard password that no one but you could guess.

That plane ride sounds scary- glad it worked out okay.

www.styleisalwaysfashionable.blogspot.com

Francisca said...

Not to worry! We are not going any where! :) Hope everything turns out for the best!

Erin said...

So sorry this happened to you! I'm a new follower---Morgan from Little Hen House sent me over because I was looking for cards for #Blissdom.

Hope you get everything with the hacker sorted out soon!

p.s. I'm from New Orleans and just returned from there on Monday. Did you at least grab some NOLA food at the airport?

Charly said...

That is awful! Happy New Year!

Megan Fischer said...

Oh my! I'm new to blogging but just the thought of someone doing that to mine (let alone your wonderful, professional, established blog) is so creepy. I hope you get it all sorted out quickly and that no irreversible damage has been done! Hang in there! I'm happy to hear you guys finally made it home safely!

kristen said...

i thought the "new year" post seemed odd for cup of jo, just sounded so impersonal. glad to know it wasn't you! hope things work out.

Amanda said...

This is terrible! I really don't get what's wrong with people. My email recently got hacked. Just have to continue to change passwords on a regular basis I suppose.

Anonymous said...

Joanna, it looks like your blog is under control again. There was some weird advertising before and now is "clean" again.
I wish you luck. Who does that?
Cheers,
Tanara.

Joanna Goddard said...

i know, the whole thing was so odd! thank you so much for your lovely comments :) so glad to know you guys had my back!! :)

Sarah said...

That's terrible! Good luck getting everything sorted out!

Miss Hothouse Orchid said...

That's horrible. And good pic of you, by the way!

Lexie, Little Boat said...

blahhhh! why is the internet such a terrible place sometimes?!
i'm glad everything is back to normal!

etoilee8 said...

I'm glad your flight landed safely! I've never had an emergency landing but with my existing fear, I think I would have lost it. Good for you for holding it down and staying calm!

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful, beautiful picture!

Marissa said...

Dear Terrible No Good Day of Joanna's:
I understand that you had to come, but please go away now.
Love, One of Joanna's loyal readers!

xoxoooxoxxox

Lynn said...

Oh, I so feel for you; I know exactly how it feels. I have (had?) a photoblog that was hacked a few years ago, and in some nasty way the link between my photo uploads and the site were severed totally, so that not a single photo remained. Years of heart and soul was suddenly stripped of its visuals (the words were still there) and fixing it was so daunting that I gave up halfway through, only reinstating the images from fall-2005 onwards. My hosting company (hostrocket)were a huge, patient help, but the whole episode left me feeling exposed and slightly violated...I am wishing you strength and solutions - and Happy New Year!

Jenni G. said...

It's just unspeakably rude that someone would hack your blog. I'm so sorry that happened! Thank you for continuing to blog -- your site is lovely. :) I second Lynn's hope for you of "strength and solutions" (well said, Lynn!) in the new year.

musing in istanbul said...

I am so sorry to hear that. I hope you solve the problem. I love reading your blog. My best wishes for you and your family.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

ew, so scary! and the emergency landing sounds intense! especially with a baby?!

Emily said...

that's.... unsettling. Strange that someone would hack your blog only to post something as innocuous as a new years card. It'd would almost seem less creepy if it was something that was clearly spam.

Kelly said...

That is awful!! : ( hang in there.

Tami Tsansai said...

Oh wow, so sorry to hear that. hope you get it sorted out soon. (LOVE your blog, btw).

MY STYLE ADVICE said...

That's so messed up! A few years back, I had someone create a fake yahoo personals profile with MY PHOTO!

Guys were contacting me on myspace that were talking to "me" on yahoo personals! It was so weird.

Then a few days ago, i found a fake profile of me on facebook!? They used my photo and started adding all my friends.

I've had a couple other things like that happen. So irritating! Cant do anything about it. :-/

Emokitty said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the hacking. Please remember you bring much pleasure and delight to people through your blog.

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