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WordPress fix Account hacked; changed username

Discussion in 'Misc WordPress Requests' started by Sarah, Jan 4, 2018.

  1. Sarah


    Account hacked; changed username, by Sarah

    My WordPress.org account was hacked, and the hacker changed the admin username and email address. My username (sanfranista) was relegated to a subscriber vs. the admin/author. Since discovering the hack, I’ve reset the passwords on both WordPress and Bluehost (my server), and I was able to change the admin email back to my own. However, I am unable to change the username back.

    So now, there are two admin users on my account, sanfranista (which is what my original username was), and suryanata (hacker/fake user). Suryanata’s account is listed as the author of all 203 of my posts. I want to remove this faux user, but I’m concerned that if I do, my posts and hard work will be deleted.

    Is there any way to take back over authorship of my posts and then delete this impostor? I asked Bluehost for help, but they were stumped about how this person was able to change the username in the first place.

    Thanks so much for your help!

    Account hacked; changed username

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