Castle of Chambord, early morning

Castle of Chambord at sunrise; view over water

Castle of Chambord

A photo of Chambord, taken on a warm and beautiful morning back in august 2010.

The palace of Chambord is situated a few kilometers from Blois in Sologne, 177 kilometers south of Paris. An example of the early French Renaissance, the palace of Francis 1 is an essential stop on the circuit of the castles of the Loire valley.

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I’ve been drivin’ all night

Car's headlights seen through raindrops on a windshield

I’ve been drivin’ all night…

I've been drivin' all night, my hand's wet on the wheel 
There's a voice in my head, that drives my heel 
It's my baby callin', says, "I need you here" 
And it's half past four, and I'm shifting gear...

from “Radar Love” by Golden Earring

On my way home after a photo shoot…

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Happy newyear! (and a thought..)

Fireworks over a boat on the Loire river in Orléans

Fireworks!

A year has gone by… how time flies!..

I started this blog back in August / September this year. I choose to use WordPress, because I like it’s concepts. It was never intended to be a “high profile” blog with huge amounts of traffic. No, I was very happy with the few visitors I had each day. So I was very surprised to see a huge rise in visitors about three weeks ago. What happened?

After a few days I decided to investigate. It was not difficult to see what was going on: I had (and I still have) hundreds of connections each day on one particular page: “wp-login.php”. Now that’s interesting! Every day a few hundred machines, probably part of a botnet, are trying to crack my admin password by brute-force.

I’m not too worried though, because I have a pretty strong password, but I decided to install a supplemental plugin called “Limit Login Attempts” to limit the connection rate of the bad guys. This way it should take them a few hundred years(!) to find my password according to statistical laws…

But all this made me think. I wonder how many small blogs, “abandoned” blogs or blogs with a low posting frequency are hacked without the owner knowing anything about it? Because it has become obvious to me that these kinds of “low profile websites” are ideal targets for hackers… Scary…!

Anyway: happy new year and blog safely!

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