Friday the 13th – A Gallery of Webmaster Nightmares
This post is dedicated to all you geeky horror movie fans out there!
One morning you open your website and don’t recognize it. Something is devastatingly wrong. You wipe the sleep from your eyes, and instantly you know that you’re living your worst nightmare…
As you gain early morning focus from what you thought was a good night sleep, a scary face stares back at you, and declares that you’ve been hacked!
When you see it you know it’s, it’s…it’s…it’s Friday the 13th!!!
It’s always Friday the 13th for webmasters of defaced sites, regardless of what their calendar tells. It becomes the most unlucky day in their webmaster life, the day when only bad things can happen.
We, at Sucuri, come across such hacked sites every day. Every day we help website owners like you survive your Friday the 13th. We restore your sites and make sure this don’t happen again.
When your site is finally restored, and you calm down after the stressful fight for your site, it may eventually occur to you that the defaced page was a piece of some weird modern cyber art.
OK, maybe you weren’t comparing your defacement to your favorite Van Gogh. We have seen defaced websites every day for the last few years, and after a while you start finding artistic value in some of the “hacked by..” pages you come across.
Sometimes they are disturbing and offensive, sometimes they are scary. Sometimes they are funny, and sometimes they even provide security advice.
In the end, they all reflect the sub-culture of h4x0r$.
In this post, we’d like to share our collection of screenshots of defaced websites. Lean back and submerge into the world of cyber-chaos.
Once you emerge back from the craziness, think to yourself, and ask yourself the simple question, “Am I prepared to deal with such unfortunate events?”
You can find 100 more screenshots and the whole collection on the Sucuri Facebook page.
Have you encountered such defaced pages on the Internet? Share your own website nightmare, on this eery Friday the 13th!