2012-01-23 11:10 am EST
Thank you for your question regarding your .htaccess file. While yes, there was an attack on our servers in September 2011, that particular attack was a defacement attack which targeted index files. There were no alterations made to .htaccess files. While researching this for you, I also see that your .htaccess file was last modified in May of last year (4 months prior to the attack on our servers). I did see a large number of those Rewrite rules that you mentioned. It's difficult to tell exactly what the point of those rules might be since the folder and file referenced in the rewrite doesn't exist.
The default .htaccess file is blank (or doesn't exist until needed). This is because the need for an .htaccess file depends on the software you use to create your site as well as what you are trying to do (e.g. redirects, password protect directories, etc.). I would recommend creating a backup of your .htaccess file and then removing the .htaccess code from "RewriteEngine on" to the end of the file and then checking to make sure your site still works as expected.
Please let us know if you have any questions or need any additional assistance.
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