Early today, I noticed that one of my sites that gets 600-1000 hits a day had barely gotten to 20. I didn’t think too much of it as most of the traffic is from search engines (read: The Great Googely-Moogely.) and the site has been de-indexed before. It happens.
However, tonight, I tried to go to the site to check a few things and all I got was a nice WP PHP error. If you run WP, you know exactly what I’m talking about. So, being the amateur coder that I am, I did a quick FTP download of the file that was spitting out the error and went a looking.
I’m not entirely sure how this happened, but the file had been truncated. The file, in this case, was the wp-load.php file. Normally, it has about 50 lines. The copy that I downloaded from my site had only 48. The last couple of lines weren’t there. I know they were there yesterday, because the site got about 600 hits. But, all of a sudden, they just up and disappeared in the middle of the night.
I’m hoping it isn’t some perverted way of hacking the site, but I didn’t see anything funny once I got the site back up. Which I did by just re-uploading all of the files except the wp-config.php file back into the index directory.
Has anyone experienced this? It’s quite strange. How about a good explanation of what might have happened? I’m scratching my head here.