John Chow hacked again?

Update 29.07.2009: John Chow dot com is online again. Apparently this was the longest outage ever experienced by the web site. No explanation what has happened has been given so far.

28.07.2009 I was just typing a review of his ebook for this blog, went to his site to verify a few points and it doesn’t load at all. John Chow has been previously hacked several times and it seems that this is the case again, that or a denial of service attack. What, in the end, means pretty much the same. Yesterday it was just slow to load and now, nothing at all loads and in the end it gives a time out message. I’ve send him an email, not much use as that is rooted also via his domain and a pm via a blogger community site. Lets see what is going on and if the site recovers.
Oh, you ask who John Chow is? Basically the guy who “invented” the whole making money online business and – a fellow blogger. The last point being the more important one!

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16 comments to John Chow hacked again?

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  • Thanks for this post! I visit John Chow on a regular basis and I got very scared when I wasn’t able to access his Web site. Hacking is a really terrible thing. I was able to access John Chow web site today, after trying again. After what, I was feeling a lot better 🙂

  • I heard about this on another post! The person writing that specific post thought that John Chow had done something to get penalized by Google, but he didn’t mention that he could’ve been hacked.

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    @Chuggin
    That are two completely separate events, John got himself banned from Google some time ago, but is now re-admitted, both in the index and in adsense. The outage yesterday was due to a hacker / denial of service attack, or at least that are the guesses as John hasn’t commented on the event. Perhaps only a software update gone horribly wrong? SY

  • Well, I sure hope he comes back on soon…. (maybe he is alreay?)
    I am in the middle of an online experiment, and it would devastate me to find his entire site gone?

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    @Valerie Mosso
    If you had taken the time to check then you would know that John Chow’s site is up and running again since months. Regarding your “little SEO experiment”, trying to make money by just copying what others did is pretty much bound to fail, using others names as your blog title can get you in serious legal trouble! If you are not careful you might well get sooner or later a “cease and desist” letter from John and his lawyers and / or your site gets taken down by your web host for Trademark infringement” I am pretty sure that John has registered his name as a trademark already. One last word, if you want to make money online / blogging, you have to be fresh and original and provide something unique, not just a copy cat, SY

  • If you had taken the time to check then you would know that John Chow’s site is up and running again since months.
    {YOUR RIGHT ON THAT ONE!}
    Regarding your “little SEO experiment”, trying to make money by just copying what others did is pretty much bound to fail,{COPYING? I THOUGHT IT WAS MORE LIKE ‘READING THE EBOOK, AND PUTTING IT INTO PRACTISE….}
    using others names as your blog title can get you in serious legal trouble!{EXCUSE ME….!!! THE BLOG IS ABOUT JOHN CHOW AND I NAMED IT AS SUCH…’JOHNCHOWBLOG’}
    If you are not careful you might well get sooner or later a “cease and desist” letter from John and his lawyers and / or your site gets taken down by your web host for Trademark infringement””{AGAIN… UMM, WELL THEN, WHY DID I DO A DOMAIN SEARCH BEFORE I BOUGHT THE DOT COM NAME?} {THE NAME WAS AVAILABLE..}{FURTHER MORE, ITS ‘JOHNCHOWBLOG.COM’…..

    I am pretty sure that John has registered his name as a trademark already. One last word, if you want to make money online / blogging, you have to be fresh and original and provide something unique, not just a copy cat, SY {YOU OFFEND ME. I AM SIMPLY EXPERIMENTING…TRYING TO DO EVERYTHING THAT HIS EBOOK SAYS TO DO, AS I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT ANYTHING ON THE INTERNET, OR COMPUTERS…EXCEPT TO SURF THE NET, AND SIMPLE BLOGSPOT BLOGGING……GOODBYE

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    @Valerie Mosso

    That a domain name is available doesn’t mean that you can use it. the domain name you choose gives the impression that it is a blog by John Chow, not about him. If I would register a domain Valerie-Mosso-Blog.com, what would you think first, that it is a blog by Valerie Mosso or something else? Using the name implicates endorsement by the person that carries that name. Why don’t you register ValerieMosso.com or similar and use “What I learned from John Chow!” or “Doing it John Chows Way” as a tag line / sub title or similar? Or even better, get a url / domain that actually contains some of the keywords you want to ank for in future. That would be far less misleading 😉 You admit that you do know nothing about “ANYTHING ON THE INTERNET, OR COMPUTERS…EXCEPT TO SURF THE NET, AND SIMPLE BLOGSPOT BLOGGING” just see this as a possibility to learn more about it. You can now sulk, or you can stick around and learn something more about making money online, from me and a lot of my readers, your choice, SY

    PS First lesson, WRITING ALL IN CAPITALS is considered the equivalent of screaming on the internet.
    PPS Second lesson, if you are easily offended, the internet is a good place to get a really thick skin, really fast,.
    PPS Third lesson, a lot of other bloggers would have simply deleted your comment, why do you think I let it through and answered to it? SY

  • Ok..Touche’
    Thank you for your input. I guess I have to expect much more like this, but you are absolutely correct in the fact that it is all part of my learning experience.
    I want to disclaim that by no means was I attempting to copycat John Chow….. I actually know very little about him. I was browsing the internet, and landed upon Carlocab.com one day, and I think I read about John Chow there. John seemed older and more experienced, so I found his website and started reading around there. The Idea came to me when I downloaded his ebook..and thought I would do word for word what he suggests for me to do….that is my experiment.
    I have had a heck of a time downloading wordpress to my website….and I have two domain names. Valeriemosso.com and JohnChowBlog.com
    I wanted to have my blog uploaded to valeriemosso.com, and i goofed it all up………………
    Today, I tried to delete everything…and start over.
    I hope that I got my wordpress on valeriemosso.com……. and if so, (going over there after this post)…then, I will begin to document my experiment on my own domain name.
    I got a bit ruffled cause you did not seem nice…you seemed a bit arrogant on your first post about me, and it seemed as if you assumed that I was just another copycat.
    I dont know enough to be a copycat…………. if only.
    But, thanks again for your input. I have learned from you.
    ~Valerie~ valeriemosso.com (lol)

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    @Valerie Mosso

    Great decision! Now, shall we start again from fresh? Seems you are hosting your site with Godaddy, correct? I am not very familiar with their hosting, I use them only as a registrar, but when you go to your account do you see anything that is called cpanel (the interface that helps you to manage your site(s)) or Fantastico (a script that allows you to install things like wordpress without headache and only a few clicks? If Godaddy hosting doesn’t offer this, you might consider changing host, also because it is always better to separate domain registrar from domain hosting. I made that mistake some years ago with another hosting / registrar company and as I wanted to change hosting, they kind of kept my domain name hostage. I am not saying that Godaddy would do the same, I am pretty sure that not, but they are specialized in domain registration, not in hosting. So check what you have signed up for and if it doesn’t meet your needs (easy wordpress installation) you might consider going shopping for a new host. Another important point: Do they allow you to host more then one site per hosting account? If not, and you are serious in this make money online business, you might find out down the road that paying to host each site separately can be expensive.

    One last word: If you read my review about John’s book here: http://hospitalera.com/john-chow-ebook-review/ You will discover that it has not been updated in a while. Just something to think about, give me a shout if I can help you with something, SY

  • i got one of my website hack before is very terrible..all the files gone..

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    @ Dharma
    Didn’t you have any backups? SY

  • This kind of thing is just stupid. I mean, what do people expect to get out of hacking sites like this? Is it a thrill? Personally, I just find it annoying, which means they’re probably succeeding.

    Still, though, I’d recommend that John Chow does some kind of penetration testing on his site to ensure that this doesn’t happen again. I mean, you’ve said that this has happened several times, so I would figure that preventative measures like that would just be a given, especially for someone of his stature on the internet.

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    @Bryan Richardson
    This incidence actually happened several months ago, and yes, there were minor “black-outs” since then, perhaps you should offer John your service?s? SY

  • Im not surprised that john chow has had his site hacked so many times. When an individual brags so consistently about his personal finances and success he is inviting hackers who will want to put him in his place.

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    @Garry
    There is some truth in what you say, but I wonder still what a hacker gets from hacking, just the satisfaction of being able to do it? SY