• ERROR 403 – Locked Out Of Your Own Blog? TRY THIS

    December 6th, 2007HARTHmmmm Things, Quickies

    I was locked out of my blogs today … I received this message

    Latest Activity
    Error 403
    We’re sorry, but we could not fulfill your request for /wp-admin/index-extra.php?jax=incominglinks on this server.

    Your Internet Protocol address is listed on a blacklist of addresses involved in malicious or illegal activity. See the listing below for more details on specific blacklists and removal procedures.

    Your technical support key is: ce2d-4fe7-1366-73cd

    You can use this key to fix this problem yourself.

    If you are unable to fix the problem yourself, please contact hart (at) PetLvr (dot) com and be sure to provide the technical support key shown above.

    The referral page how to fix this problem yourself .. reads

    Technical Support
    Your request was intercepted by security software which protects the Web site you visited from malicious activity, such as hackers, spam and viruses. We apologize for the inconvenience, but your request matched a profile of suspicious activity. This problem is usually quite easy to fix.

    Your computer’s IP address was determined to have recently sent spam or engaged in malicious activity as reported by a third-party monitoring service. This means your computer is most likely infected with viruses or other malicious software. See below for more information and removal instructions.

    Your request was blocked because of malicious automated requests received from your computer’s IP address.

    This problem may be caused by viruses or spyware on your computer, or by malicious software that pretends to be anti-virus or anti-spyware software. Ensure that you have REAL anti-virus and anti-spyware software on your computer, that they are kept up-to-date, and that you have run a full system scan using each tool. Once your system is cleaned of viruses and spyware, please try your request again.

    The free Google Pack provides trustworthy anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Get essential software with Google Pack.

    Blacklist Reason(s):

    If the above suggestions fail to resolve the problem, click Back and contact the e-mail address you were given for further assistance.

    So I emailed the plugin writer

    You see .. that key was quite confusing, because there is no logs table in MySQL database .. it’s just one bad_behavior log. And – where do you input this key? There is no place to input this key! Aaargh!! So, I emailed the author of the plugin, Michael Hampton .. and he pointed me to this:


    That’s correct. There is a solution – you need to upgrade to the latest Bad Behavior Version 2.0.11


    Well, according to Michael on that page ..

    In brief, yesterday I moved all of my sites to a new dedicated server. In the process, I decommissioned an old blacklist I was running which I thought wasn’t being used, not realizing that Bad Behavior was still set to use it. Shortly afterward, I found myself locked out of my own blog, just as you all did. So therefore, this release.

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