Security Notice Affecting Main Page

On or around May 3, 2005, there was a security breach at our hosting provider that resulted in a piece of malicious code being added to the main page (this did not directly affect Off on a Tangent, Melissa’s site, or the Wedding Website). The malicious code loaded information from a website which may have attempted to install a virus or spyware. That site was shut down on or around May 8.

If the breach was successful, it would only have affected users of Microsoft Windows operating systems and the Internet Explorer browser (including AOL, Netscape 8, and other browsers which use the IE display engine). Mac and Linux users, as well as Windows users who use the Mozilla Firefox browser, should not be affected.

Windows users should run anti-virus and anti-spyware software regularly anyway, but anybody who uses Windows and IE and visited the main site between May 3 and May 8, 2005, should check their machines immediately to ensure that no malicious software was installed. Anti-virus software is commercially available from McAfee and Symantec, while anti-spyware software is available free from Microsoft and Lavasoft. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Scott Bradford has been putting his opinions on his website since 1995—before most people knew what a website was. He has been a professional web developer in the public- and private-sector for over twenty years. He is an independent constitutional conservative who believes in human rights and limited government, and a Catholic Christian whose beliefs are summarized in the Nicene Creed. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University. He loves Pink Floyd and can play the bass guitar . . . sort-of. He’s a husband, pet lover, amateur radio operator, and classic AMC/Jeep enthusiast.