It only seems fitting that we should report our own hacking, if it were true. No, we weren’t “hacked” although we did have some insidious code circulating in one of our files. We can only speculate on where it came from - since we’re on shared hosting, and it was our hosting company that noticed it even before we did. A Whois lookup gave the location of 220.127.116.11 as Hong Kong Hostfresh as the culprits responsible. The problem seems to be rectified now, and a backup was used to overwrite the malicious file. Further proof of how important it is to use a good antivirus program at all times.
It’s Our Birthday
October 23rd, 2007 marks the day in which the domain Filesharefreak.com was grabbed. However, it wasn’t until at least two weeks later when we actually uploaded some HTML code to the domain, and starting writing. Perhaps some of you remember the old FSF - it was somewhat in blog-style but almost impossible to maintain in regular *.html:
The switch to the present-day WordPress theme occurred around January 19th, a much-welcomed improvement to FSF.
FSF Browsing Habits: Explorer vs. Firefox
Running your own site grants access to a variety of statistics. If our site is any indication of what the overall trend is for Internet browsing, it appears that Firefox is kicking some major butt over Explorer. Google reported over 800,000 visits over the past 9 months or so, with Firefox users making up for two-thirds of all visitors.
‘Bits & Bites’ on the Chopping Block
We’ll be deleting the “Bits & Bytes” section at FSF, as it’s just too difficult to constantly update, not to mention ‘hand-coded’, which sorta defeats the purpose of having a WP blog. B&B is almost a blog in itself, plus it’s getting rather lengthy - too long for just one page. The original purpose of it was to keep track of small stories that were deemed too small (individually) for one dedicated article. With almost 250 articles published to date, we’re beginning to get a little cluttered as it is.
One idea that’s been tossed around here is a “Weekly Torrent News” article, something that covers tracker site news, freeleeches, down trackers, new BT sites and anything else we can stuff into it - all rolled into one weekly article. We’ll try to get one going, and see if it becomes a popular format.
We appreciate all the site feedback - negative and positive - so if you have any suggestions for articles you’d like to see written, or topics not yet covered, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Our sincerest thanks go out to all of our fans & readers - if it weren’t for you, FSF wouldn’t exist. You’ve made the last 12 months extremely enjoyable, let’s see if we can keep this ball rolling for a while longer!
— Best Regards, Sharky
I guess more of your readers are fairly elite. We all use Firefox.
Elite… ROFL, yes , I use Windows usually so I’m elite as well
Jesting aside, thanks for your great site sharky, it’s always a pleasure to come here and you’ve taught me a great deal through this site. Even though I’d consider myself an advanced user I’m sometimes pleasantly surprised by some info I learn here about the great world of file sharing.
Weekly torrent news sounds like a GREAT idea - certainly I’d appreciate if there was a replacement for Bits & Bytes.
Once again - thanks from the bottom of my heart, you provide a great service for us.
i like the idea of the weekly news.
this is a nice site that has some great insights and is always a pleasure to read. thanks for putting the time into it sharky
Happy birthday FSF and keep up the good work
Happy Birthday FSF! I’d like to thank you Sharky for everything you do.
hoping for another successful year
John, this days every one uses firefox, i don’t know any of my friends still using internet explorer !!
enough it is an open source
Chris Hanlon Says:
Cool, now birthday gifts to the readers!
FTN invites all round from sharkey!
virus is back.
butt hole Says:
Good job sharky you’re the man!
Yeah, Avira reports that there’s HTML/Infected.WebPage.Gen
Yep, i am on Linux ( Ubuntu ), i use Firefox, and in the top left corner of this site ( this page as well ), there is a little “frame”, when you right click and choose “frame”, “display this frame only”, a tab will be opened, when you can see a Google blocked page, its URL : http://18.104.22.168/exp/index.php
If someone use Adblock plus, you can block this shitty frame, and this bastard will be gone.
Right click, choose “Block this frame with Adblock…”, choose “Ok”. Gone !
I Think I have it licked now
Something got in and got the password for the FTP, so even though I was able to overwrite the file, it kept getting replaced with the malicious one. So it was a cat-and-mouse game. I’ve changed all passwords (on a squeaky-clean computer), so I’m hoping there’s no further way for entry. Cross your fingers.
Thanks Sharky. Here, this sh*** frame is gone
Very good job.
Enjoying the site, keep up the good work!
ah, so it _was_ hacked then