Steadfast Lutherans Hacked / COMMENTING ENABLED

My hosting company determined that there was a hack of this site, and found that the file that submits comments is the cause of the problem. Evidently the current version of WordPress has a hole in it that allows people to send massive emails through it. They received a massive amount of reported spam coming from this site.

I’m doing some research to find out what happened and try to restore commenting, but until then commenting on this site has been disabled.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at


Steadfast Lutherans Hacked / COMMENTING ENABLED — 19 Comments

  1. Something is still very odd about the site, but I’ve reenabled comments for now.

    I would stongly suggest composing messages in another program (word or notepad) and copy/paste them in here until this issues is resolved, as comments may be disabled at any point.

  2. What has anyone to gain from such behavior? In the older days of DOS I sysoped online systems and know something of the work you must do, Norm, and I sympathize. Thanks for all your loving work.

  3. Could this have effected, any email addresses, (in whatever tech people call what ya log you’re email address in for registration)? We had a bit of a wrinkle, while on holiday….not blamin’ just askin?

  4. I dunno. As an old school teacher…
    the kid who is quick to deny… when he hasn’t even been asked… hmmmm. 😉

  5. @Dutch #4

    Dutch, while I cannot 100% guarantee it, the likelihood that any email addresses were compromised by this is minimal. When hackers take advantage of a hole in some software that lets them send email out, they provide both the from and to email addresses along with whatever spam content they are sending. Given the amount of spam that went through this site, these people obviously found a hole and are just using it for email, not for harvesting email addresses.

  6. The last thing I want to do is point fingers but this kind of thing never happened in Walther’s day.

  7. #4 Kitty :The last thing I want to do is point fingers but this kind of thing never happened in Walther’s day.

    Just when Walther caught a virus and couldn’t publish Der Lutheraner on time (no one noticed). Then there were the St. Louis newspaper wars.

  8. Thanks Norm. Didn’t think anything else. Just tryin’ to ensure confidence! No one was worried, but in case a question came up…
    Hey, if BJS isn’t important, it wouldn’t have been a target, think of it as a compliment!

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