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Terror attack harms websites

By Mohnish On December 4, 2008 2 Comments

Due to that terrorist attack in the city of Mumbai (India), traffic on Sensonize.com was reduced for around 2 to 3 days. Most hurt sites were educational and job related sites.

After the terrorist attack on Wednesday evening, the traffic reduced for the day. On Thursday, for some of my sites the traffic was reduced to around 50%. And so were the earnings. The traffic slowdown even carried to Friday and somewhat on Saturday as well.

When I checked my stats for those days, I thought may be something went wrong. May be I lost some search engine rankings, or my server went down temporarily. I checked all of it. No rankings were down. No server went out. The traffic was reduced for many of the sites and across the servers. So the only explanation I could give myself was that this happened only due to that terrorist attack in Mumbai. For those who don’t know, I am from Mumbai and I was around 1 KM away from the place the firing took place and I lucky to leave my office about 15 mins early! 

Did any of your site suffer such attacks? Or, did you even check your stats for those days yet?

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WordPress 2.6.5 – Upgrade now! XSS Exploit in 2.6.3

By Mohnish On November 26, 2008 No Comments

WordPress 2.6.5 is immediately available and fixes one security problem and three bugs. I recommend everyone upgrade to this release.

The security issue is an XSS exploit discovered by Jeremias Reith that fortunately only affects IP-based virtual servers running on Apache 2.x. If you are interested only in the security fix, copy wp-includes/feed.php and wp-includes/version.php from the 2.6.5 release package.

2.6.5 contains three other small fixes in addition to the XSS fix. The first prevents accidentally saving post meta information to a revision. The second prevents XML-RPC from fetching incorrect post types. The third adds some user ID sanitization during bulk delete requests. For a list of changed files, consult the full changeset between 2.6.3 and 2.6.5.

Note that WordPress is skipping version 2.6.4 and jumping from 2.6.3 to 2.6.5 to avoid confusion with a fake 2.6.4 release that made the rounds. There is not and never will be a version 2.6.4.

So guys, upgrade now and avoid being ‘hacked’ and losing all your hardwork. To inform the world about this security update – Digg and Stumble this article! Download 2.6.5 from the OFFICIAL SITE AND NO WHERE ELSE!

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Digital Point is under attack! – Live Report!

By Mohnish On November 25, 2008 10 Comments

As we all know Digital Point – The best webmaster forum in the entire world which was reported to be worlds biggest online scam market with newbies having cash in their paypal accounts and roaming around. We also brought news about Shawn Hogan stuffin’ home made cookies into members computers. Now, we bring you HOT LIVE NEWS: Its under attack! Whoa! ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK! Possible Reasons: Idiotic Mods BANNING the good guys and leaving the scammers open. This had to happen one day.

We bring you a live report directly from DP :-
Monty: Hi LazyBum.. Could you please update us about the recent spamming on DP Forums?
LazyBum: Hey.. The spamming has been HUGE! Over 50k threads have been created within no time! Its a terrible situation here
Monty: Oh ****! So what are the mods doing ?
LazyBum: The mods are clearing the spam and buffalo is roaring and kicking those spammers out!
Monty: So what are the possible reasons for this attack?
LazyBum: Possible reason is DP Mods banning people for no reason!
Monty: By when can we expect everything to be normal?
LazyBum: As soon as Shawn wakes up and stops stuffin’ his home made cookies. 😛
Monty: Any other Errors caused due to this spam attack?
LazyBum: Yes,  alot of database errors and downtime. Recently there was a database loss and Shawn dint have a recent backup. A few thousand members lost their accounts. DP is having alot of downtime, I doubt if the forum would last long. Ddos attacks have also been witnessed.
Monty: Thanks LazyBum for the live report.. This is Monty from Sensonize.com with reporter LazyBum signing off!

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Google is at it again! Youtube sponsored videos

By Mohnish On November 13, 2008 No Comments

With 13 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute and millions of viewers watching hundreds of millions of videos every day, the popularity of YouTube can be a mixed blessing for users. While it’s easier to get your 15 minutes of fame (or more, depending on who you are), it can be difficult for people to find your video in the first place, even if it’s exactly what they’re looking for.

So how does Sponsored Videos work? Easy-to-use automated tools allow content owners to decide where they’d like their videos to appear, place bids in an automated online auction, and set daily spending budgets. Then, when people search for videos, YouTube will display relevant videos alongside the search results. These videos are clearly labeled as “sponsored videos” and are priced on a cost-per-click basis. (You can learn more about these tools in the video below.)

YouTube Sponsored Videos is currently only available in the United States. If you’re interested in running your own Sponsored Videos campaign, please visit ads.youtube.com

Source of news: The Official Google Blog

Ebay Spends More Than $1.2 Billion To Buy BillMeLater And DBA.dk, And Lays Off 10% Of Employees

By Mohnish On October 6, 2008 No Comments

It’s a big day for eBay and CEO Jon Donahoe.The company is laying off 10% of its workforce, or about 1,000 employees plus several hundred temporary positions. They will take a $70 million to $80 million restructuring charge around the layoffs, they said.

And they’ve made two acquisitions: Denmark’s DBA for $380 million and Amazon-funded BillMeLater for $820 million in cash and approximately $125 million in outstanding options.

Regarding the two acquisitions: We covered dba.dk, Denmarks’ leading classifieds site, earlier this morning. BillMeLater, the larger acquisition, is a service that let’s ecommerce partners issue instant credit to buyers. You enter your birth date and last four digits of your social security number online, and it does a credit check on you in three seconds to determine whether you are worth the risk. Bill Me Later pays the merchant, and sends you a bill. The company has raised a ton of cash – at least $272 million – from Amazon, Azure Capital Partners, Chase Paymentech, Crosspoint Venture Partners, First Data Corp., and others.

eBay stock is at a 52 week low, we’ll see how it does in the market today.