Gootloader infection cleaned up

Dear blog owner and visitors,

This blog had been infected to serve up Gootloader malware to Google search victims, via a common tactic known as SEO (Search Engine Optimization) poisioning. Your blog was serving up 377 malicious pages. Your blogged served up malware to 0 visitors.

I tried my best to clean up the infection, but I would do the following:

  • Upgrade WordPress to the latest version (one way the attackers might have gained access to your server)
  • Upgrade all WordPress themes to the latest versions (another way the attackers might have gained access to your server)
  • Upgrade all WordPress plugins (another way the attackers might have gained access to your server), and remove any unnecessary plugins.
  • Verify all users are valid (in case the attackers left a backup account, to get back in)
  • Change all passwords (for WordPress accounts, FTP, SSH, database, etc.) and keys. This is probably how the attackers got in, as they are known to brute force weak passwords
  • Run antivirus scans on your server
  • Block these IPs ( and, either in your firewall, .htaccess file, or in your /etc/hosts file, as these are the attackers command and control servers, which send malicious commands for your blog to execute
  • Check cronjobs (both server and WordPress), aka scheduled tasks. This is a common method that an attacker will use to get back in. If you are not sure, what this is, Google it
  • Consider wiping the server completly, as you do not know how deep the infection is. If you decide not to, I recommend installing some security plugins for WordPress, to try and scan for any remaining malicious files. Integrity Checker, WordPress Core Integrity Checker, Sucuri Security,
    and Wordfence Security, all do some level of detection, but not 100% guaranteed
  • Go through the process for Google to recrawl your site, to remove the malcious links (to see what malicious pages there were, Go to Google and search agreement)
  • Check subdomains, to see if they were infected as well
  • Check file permissions

Gootloader (previously Gootkit) malware has been around since 2014, and is used to initally infect a system, and then sell that access off to other attackers, who then usually deploy additional malware, to include ransomware and banking trojans. By cleaning up your blog, it will make a dent in how they infect victims. PLEASE try to keep it up-to-date and secure, so this does not happen again.


The Internet Janitor

Below are some links to research/further explaination on Gootloader:

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Meat Chickens


Our first batch of 2015 broilers is ready for processing.  We raised Cornish Cross again this year, after experimenting in past years with both Rainbow Rangers and various heritage breeds.  All have their relative plusses and minuses, but for eating as meat (as opposed to for soups, stews, and stocks) we’ve found the Cornish is tough to beat.

Some chickens are still available for purchase – details on the Products page.

cornish_foraging cornish_lounging

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Chickens to Pasture!

Spring is decisively here, so we detached the mobile chicken coop from the winter hoop house and brought the birds up to their first pasture spot.

I’m always amused by the sight of our small SUV (the closest we have to a farm truck) pulling the big chicken trailer:

The journey causes a great deal of concerned clucking, but the chickens were happy to arrive at their destination:

They’ll enjoy this space for a couple of weeks while they eat bugs, fodder we grow for them, and whatever bits they can find in the compost they turn (along with some supplemental chicken feed), and then we’ll move the fences to give them some fresh ground. (After a few fence moves, it’ll be time to move the coop.)

All that fresh stuff is really good for them, and the benefits pass through their eggs. Pastured eggs have less cholesterol and saturated fat, and more omega 3s and vitamins. Because science. Let us know if you’re looking for a dozen or two per week – we have a few still available.

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Spring is in the air 

I think somebody wants to lay an egg. Unfortunately, the turkey Tom we saved in November turned out to not have a disposition appropriate for long-term residence here, so he’s in the freezer, and any eggs the girls lay will be suited for omelettes rather than turkey poults.  Nonetheless, the hens have been laying down like this at every opportunity these last few warm days. They don’t seem to have the same kind of nesting  instinct that chickens have, so who knows if we’ll even find whatever eggs they do lay.



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Heritage Turkey Available!

Looking for a fresh, local, respectfully raised Thanksgiving turkey?  We’ve got a few turkeys still available for the upcoming holiday.

turkeys 2014

This year, we raised Narrangansetts and Midget Whites.  All of the turkeys have lived here since they were a day old, and have freely ranged since they were feathered out.  They’ve had supplemental organic grain available free choice (when they were small, they had a non-organic ration, as an organic turkey starter feed wasn’t available).  They’ve not had any antibiotics or medication at any time.

In short, they’ve been turkeys, living like turkeys do.  Sizes are expected to be in the 10-14 lb range.  We’ll be processing them on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving (Nov 25), and they’ll be available for pickup (10 minutes SW of Madison) anytime between Tuesday evening and Thursday morning.

$6/lb.  To order, email us and describe the size you’re looking for.

Also see: Cooking Heritage Turkey


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Too Busy to Blog.

We’ve been completely blog-absent for months – generally too busy doing stuff to be writing about it.  With a long winter apparently on its way, there should be plenty of time to catch up on the many cool projects we’ve tackled around the place in 2014.

A teaser in the meantime: there are multiple things on wheels, shelters for three different animal species, and huge progress on our biggest (and least worked on) project area.  Stay tuned.


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Standing guard

Our chickens are temporarily free to range the entire property, rather than just their usual amply large run.

These three hens have ventured quite far from the regular chicken area, and Bucky the rooster came with them for protection, I imagine. I love how even when there’s so much fun stuff to explore, he minds his business and stands there attentively while they do their thing. He’s a good roo.


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Bath time for turkeys

Like chickens, turkeys clean themselves with “dust baths”. Dust is a euphemism here, this bath actually involves fluffing themselves around in the dirt.

Our turkeys have been adventuring around the property a lot lately, and this morning they are out “helping” me finish up the new mobile chicken coop. And bathing.


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Goats as Brush Mowers?

Just how well will goats clear brush? As we’ve previously mentioned, brush clearing was our primary objective in getting these goats (although we now see a dairy goat in the not-too-distant future).

This is what the latest section of woods we had the goats browse looked like when we put the goats in: Before browsing

This herd is three adult wethers, all in the 85-95lb. range, with no other food.  The section is enclosed by a 160′ fence, in this case in a roughly 20’x60′ rectangle (1200 square feet, or about 0.03 acres).

After about 24 hours: After 24 hours.

By the 36 hour mark, it was definitely time to go:After 36 hours.

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Turkeys in the Mobile Coop!

One of last weekend’s projects was building a mobile turkey coop on an old trailer base. (More on that later.)

Before we let them range, we’re going to let them spend at least a day and a night in their new home, so they’re hopefully more likely to return to it.

Moments after moving out from the brooder, they still don’t know what to make of it all.


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