LLG in London: A VERY long weekend indeed

by Sasha Wilkins on February 4, 2013 · 1 comment

pussy willow

(Pussy Willow in Regent’s Park this afternoon.)

Oh last week did NOT end well. I was up until 330am on Friday morning, adding code and trying to fix the editing problems caused by an upgrade to the new WordPress 3.5.1 software. I was thrilled that I managed to solve 90% of the problem, and happily flicked off an email to the WordPress developer in America who helps get me out of tech probs, to ask if he could clear up the remaining Javascript errors.

So imagine my horror when I awoke five hours later to find an email from Google telling me that my site was blocked across every browser as a malware source. It took over 24hrs to get my site back online. We have failed to discover any valid reason for Google to have taken that action: a plethora of other malware warning sources, from Norton onwards came back consistently with clean results.
This is what Sucuri.com’s sweep came back with:

Malware: No.
Malicious javascript: No.
Malicious iframes: No.
Suspicious redirections (htaccess): No.
Blackhat SEO Spam: No.
Anomaly detection: Clean
CLEAN: Domain clean by Norton Safe Web
CLEAN: Domain clean on Phish tank
CLEAN: Domain clean on the Opera browser
CLEAN: Domain clean by SiteAdvisor
CLEAN: Domain clean on Sucuri IP/URL malware blacklist
CLEAN: Domain clean by the Sucuri Malware Labs blacklist
CLEAN: Domain clean on Yandex (via Sophos
WARN: Domain blacklisted by Google Safe Browsing

I already knew the site was clean before I got these results,, as I had forensically been through both my site, and my analytics looking for anomalies. And found precisely zero. All I can think is that the code I added – at WordPress’ behest, triggered some kind of malware alert. Most of all I am so sorry for those people whose sites were linked to mine, and who therefore experienced issues with malware warnings too.

So that is what I spent most of Friday and Saturday dealing with. Today, Sunday, was a blessed relief, and I went for a lovely walk with Miss P and godson Edward in Regent’s Park, along with P Bad who had a wonderful time snuffling about in the mud.

regents park january

honest sausage cafe regent's park

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