BACK UP WEBSITE
For those who wish to avoid the clicking through of Google Malware warnings, we have set up a backup site here: http://randymaugans.com/ until the Google embargo is lifted. I will cross-post any new shows and posts there, as well as the other sites.
YOU MADE IT!
If you are reading this, then you clicked through the WARNING screens from Google…you trusted us!
Threshing Floor has been the victim of cyber-terrorism, wherein small websites are held hostage by LARGE CORPORATIONS which now control the internet. It seems that a malicious, off-shore hacker succeeded in embedding code into our WordPress system, which has resulted in link forwarding activity that could, in fact, be a vector for malware risks to unprotected computers. I APOLOGIZE to anyone who may have suffered as result of this criminal activity.
FACT: our servers did not, at any time host any actual virus or malware bots, agents, or software. This was an exploit of weaknesess in the WordPress software we currently use for the site’s content.
FACT: Google acted in a heavy-handed manner and has “tagged” all websites related to Threshing Floor, including the very secure servers of our PodoMatic site, effectively shutting down traffic to our sites.
FACT: Google LIES! We were NEVER notified of any such detection of this infection by Google, or any other authorities who have been given capacity to issue such warnings. As I posted on November 16 (Google and Facebook Browser Blocks to The Threshing Floor Sites):
Today, again, I received a report from a Facebook user that a blog post link from the Threshing Floor Facebook page was registering a virus infection on our site. I took the time to investigate, and discovered that Facebook is aliasing links on their website—or is acting as a vector for malware and URL hijacking of legitimate links which then trigger antivirus and malware detection, and forward to a warning page. Similarly, it appears that Google’s search engine—the most used search on the internet—is forwarding the valid links to Threshing Floor site to various other pages, thus eliminating viewers from finding us!
In that same article I also posted the Report on the safety and security of the Threshing Floor websites-11-12-2011-PDF (Click to download) – Report from independent web security firm, Apica Cloud Monitoring, which deployed multiple infection tests on our servers and declared them 100% compliant.
As of this report, our server admin is working very hard to ensure the safety and stability of our hosting servers, We are taking every opportunity to upgrade the software and will try to close ANY AND ALL security holes in the architecture of our web engines. We understand that you have concerns. We understand that the web is a hostile environment for small operations such as ours. We also understand that Google and a few, select corporate entities have become the GODS OF THE INTERNET, with discretion to effectively shutdown those who are, themselves victims of the web protocols which they exploit for profit and control.
Pray for me, and for our admin, Dan…the Threshing Floor will return as soon as we have cleared the grounds of landmines. The war continues. -RandyMaugans