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14 Feb

Announcement: Important Information About Recent Website Issues

Please take a few moments to read the following important message.

You may have noticed that Mark’s Daily Apple and PrimalBlueprint.com have been under construction the past couple days. This is the result of both websites having been victims of a cyber attack. Since the attack, my technical support staff has isolated and eliminated all known security risks.

It appears that an individual gained unauthorized and illegal access to our website server, injecting malware on both sites, which potentially could have infected your computer. If at any time you clicked on a “Missing Plugin” link or downloaded a “Java Plugin” while visiting either site it is possible your computer was infected. The malware seems to particularly target PC computers instead of Macs.

Numerous actions have been taken to prevent unauthorized access to our server and to protect your browsing experience. As added security precautions, my team highly suggests the following:

  1. Windows users should run antivirus software. If you are not running antivirus software or are unsure, visit ESET for a free online virus scan.
  2. It does not appear that forum accounts were compromised in any way, but for those that have a Mark’s Daily Apple forum account, it would be a good idea to change your forum password anyway.
  3. Also for those that have a Mark’s Daily Apple forum account, you should change your password on any other website where you use the same or a similar password.
  4. Always keep your computer updated by using Windows Update on your PC, or Software Update on you Mac.
  5. Always use an updated web browser and Java plugin. To verify the Java plugin version, visit java.com and click the link for, “Do I have Java?” right under the red button.

If you are a customer of PrimalBlueprint.com you have been sent an email with additional information. If you haven’t received this email and you do hold a website account at PrimalBlueprint.com please check your spam/junk folder. If you still don’t see the email, please email us at contact@primalblueprint.com and we will forward you the message.

(UPDATE: Email messages sent to customers of PrimalBlueprint.com are still going out. They are being sent in batches, so if you haven’t received one yet and expect to, hold tight. If you don’t receive one by the end of the day (02/13) please email us. Thank you.)

Also, for your protection, please note that my team and I will never ask you for personal and/or account information through email correspondence. If you receive an email or phone call asking for your personal information or directing you to a website to enter your personal information, please exercise caution.

I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please know that we have and will continue to follow industry standard best practices to ensure that your information is safe with us, and that we take this matter very seriously.

As you probably know, no website, large or small, is completely immune to the threat of a cyber attack. With that said, we are as confident as we can be that this recent threat has been eliminated, and that our websites are now safe and secure. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at contact@primalblueprint.com.

Sincerely,

Mark Sisson

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. Thanks, everyone, for all the supportive comments. The last few days really have been a nightmare. Apologies again for any inconvenience this has caused any of you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to contact@primalblueprint.com if you have any questions. Like I said, everything is looking solid now, so onward and upward!

    Mark Sisson wrote on February 13th, 2012
  2. So glad to see you owning the problem instead of trying to forget about it.

    I work at a hosting company, and we see lots of customers being hit by something similar to what happened to you, except most website owners react somewhat worse (or rather — less) than you.

    The culprit seems to almost always be WordPress by the way… and since I’m doing a lot of boring clean-up work as a result, I’ve developed a very dim view of WordPress, so if in anyway you can use something else, do it. Please. For the internets.

    Morten Liebach wrote on February 13th, 2012
    • Couldn’t agree more. Far to many holes in wordpress.

      That comes from having to patch holes up for clients most of the time.

      You’d be better off looking at an alternative that’s not so widely known or simply getting you’re tech guys to hide the fact the site is wordpress!

      I’m sure they can work out how to do that, if not just drop me an email.

      Ollie Camp wrote on February 14th, 2012
  3. You were missed! Welcome back. Glad you got the regular posts up, I hate to miss a success story…

    Cathy Johnson (Kate) wrote on February 13th, 2012
  4. I was having withdrawals for sure, obsessively checking for WLL to appear!

    Nancy Mize wrote on February 13th, 2012
  5. How do I change my password? I went into profile after I logged in, but I didn’t see where to change it. Thanks!

    Peggy Robinson wrote on February 13th, 2012
  6. Grok used an Apple ;)

    Mark, so glad to see you back!

    pat wrote on February 13th, 2012
  7. You shouldn’t say, “… and eliminated all security risks.” This is basically impossible. Even famed security hacker Kevin Mitnick’s security service website was recently hacked. Also, this type of rhetoric invites hackers to attack you again. You should be more humble and instead list out the countermeasures you plan for future hacks.

    A Country Farmer wrote on February 13th, 2012
  8. Thank the Grok! Any idea whybthe site was hacked? Just curious. Hackers suck!

    Daniel wrote on February 13th, 2012
  9. It’s a shame that people will shit like this :|

    Michael wrote on February 13th, 2012
  10. Welcome back! Grok was lucky, he never had to deal with these problems…

    Mattastic wrote on February 13th, 2012
  11. So accounts and passwords were compromised over the weekend and you waited 3 days to tell us?

    primalkyle wrote on February 13th, 2012
  12. So glad to have you back! Missed you so much! Will go scan the system now. Thank you for everything!

    Dana Zia wrote on February 13th, 2012

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