I am running on Bitnami and AWS. Hackers have removed all the content on my MediaWiki and posted advertisements and junk.

Is there a way to roll back to my previous site version and stop unauthorized edits?

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    disable comments and user registration. Create the accounts yourself.
    – Ramhound
    Oct 5 '15 at 16:28
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    As for reversing the changes, restore from a backup, that is one of your only options.
    – Ramhound
    Oct 5 '15 at 16:43
  • Doesn't MediaWiki have… edit history?
    – user1686
    Oct 5 '15 at 18:22
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about administering self-hosted software.
    – ale
    Oct 6 '15 at 14:35
  • Webmasters or Information Security might be better places. Read the Help Center before posting.
    – ale
    Oct 6 '15 at 23:55

The way to do this is:

  • Check your backups.
  • Subscribe to the MediaWiki mailinglist (in order to be informed of security issues and other updates).
  • Install a new clean MediaWiki
  • Configure the user account to be created by you.
  • Restore the actual data from a backup (preferable from before the first spam links).
  • Only now make the wiki publically accesable.

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