I received an email from the DreamHost abuse team — DreamHost is the company that provides the web services for this website, pfblogs.org to an extent, the MoneyBlogNetwork and its forums, and a number of others. They made me aware that my web space was being accessed by a computer user in Romania. The user was logging on with my identification and running programs that created a lot of network traffic, clogging up the pipeline and probably slowing down a number of websites.
The DreamHost representative asked if I knew anyone in Romania. I do not. I am also not sure how the perpetrator got my password; it’s difficult to guess and I constantly run a virus scanner on my home computer. DreamHost cleaned up the trojan programs and I changed my password. I hope this won’t be an issue again; I’ve had enough problems with DreamHost in the past and they’re just starting to make me happy with them, as I was six years ago.
Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published November 13, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.