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    I have a site for my ceilidh / Barn Dance band.
    I have never had that many hits - enough to bring in a bit of work, in the 100s per week maximum.
    However, recently it has been oveloading the bandwidth.
    I have had over 600,000 hits lately, from all over the world (over 50 countries).
    All on IE6 as well.
    Something isn't right.
    I can't even log onto it today to check the latest stats.- my bandwidth allowance is exceeded.
    There are no large images - not too many pages, all fairly compact.
    Can anyone suggest what I can do?
    What might be happening?
    Advice appreciated.
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    Could be some kind of malware virus. I suggest contacting your hosting company first and foremost to get control of your hosting account since you cannot log in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NOTTNICK View Post
    I have a site for my ceilidh / Barn Dance band.
    I have never had that many hits - enough to bring in a bit of work, in the 100s per week maximum.
    However, recently it has been oveloading the bandwidth.
    I have had over 600,000 hits lately, from all over the world (over 50 countries).
    All on IE6 as well.
    Something isn't right.
    I can't even log onto it today to check the latest stats.- my bandwidth allowance is exceeded.
    There are no large images - not too many pages, all fairly compact.
    Can anyone suggest what I can do?
    What might be happening?
    Advice appreciated.
    Nick
    Sounds like one of 2 things. You've been hacked, or a script on your site is running rogue and maxing out the server. Or both.
    I'm no server security expert but it sounds like your site is being used as a proxy for something or is experiencing a DOS attack.
    It's also possible that it's not your site, but a site on the server where your site is hosted.

    If you are on shared hosting it is likely that your hosting company will send you a notice about it.

    Who are you hosted with? And are you on shared hosting?

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    I agree that you've been hacked. You should have your hosting provider shut down the site and help you clean the site. Or hire someone to clean up your site and assess the vulnerabilities.

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    It could be the other way as well. One of my sites racked up nearly 50 GB of inbound traffic last month... from a site that gets maybe 1 visitor every month. What was going on was a hacked computer was attempting to DOS attack it. I had my hosting company look into it and they were able to find the computer that was causing the problem (it was another computer in they host) and shut it down and then they instituted firewall rules they should have done in the first place to protect our server from that.

    Best bet is to talk with your hosting company, because they're supposed to be the infrastructure experts.
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    The fact that your site is small doesn't stop hackers from wanting to mess with you, if anything, all the more since security levels are often low enough to make it easier for them. It sounds like mischief.

    I agree with others to see if you can resolve it with a hosting company support ticket. They have access to logs and the expertise to deal with the issue.

    Once resolved be sure to change your password on the hosting CP. Many hosting companies have built in password strength indicators. A good rule of passwords is a minimum of 8 characters using upper case, lower case, numbers, and symbols. Also be sure not to use birthdays, kids names, or other things that can be guessed. I also like to use formulas to make them easy to remember.

    For example, maybe: ThisB@RNdanceBandD0esn'+1ikeH@ckers

    Actually, now I wouldn't recommend using that but you get the idea.

    You didn't mention whether or not your site uses WordPress. If it does, install the Better WP Security plugin.
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    Thanks for all this.
    Yes it is Wordpress.
    I'll get onto the Host for support.
    I was with another host and moved the site because the bandwidth was blitzed, hadn't worked out why before. It does mean I've carried the problem along with me!
    Password was reasonable and completely random, not anything stupid, but certainly nothing has been suggested. Makes sense to change it to something much more substantial, wouldn't have guessed that anyone would even want to consider messing with the site. maybe someone just doesn't like dancing!
    I posted an earlier reply a few hours ago, but it hasn't appeared in the thread, don't know why.
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    Maybe your website is haunted? Have you recently unearthed an ancient Indian burial ground or stolen an amulet from a mummified corpse?

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    Still not fixed - but it is being worked on.
    Hits down to about 3000 per day.
    Very strange though - I am third in Google rank, but the search now directs to a sub-page on my site that doesn't exist! (Still has header and links working, but just a few photos and the words
    USOWALL - followed by my tags.
    I certainly can't find it in my wordpress administration.

    It has the normal URL but then it is prefixed with the word usowall- followed by my hyphen separated tags.
    If you google search for barn dance nottingham you'll see it there
    Any ideas anyone?

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