WordPress Security

WordPress Computer Hacker
WordPress Hacker

 

WordPress was attacked last week by an internet "superbot." Several hosting providers such as CloudFare and Host Gator discovered the attacks, which targeted at least 90,000 IP addresses.

"One of the concerns of an attack like this is that the is using a relatively weak botnet of home PCs in order to build a much larger botnet of beefy servers in preparation for a future attack."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-04-admin-password-wordpress.html#jCp
"One of the concerns of an attack like this is that the is using a relatively weak botnet of home PCs in order to build a much larger botnet of beefy servers in preparation for a future attack."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-04-admin-password-wordpress.html#jCp

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"One of the concerns of an attack like this is that the attacker is using a relatively weak botnet of home PC's in order to build a much larger botnet of beefy servers in preparation for a future attack" stated Matthew Prince, CEO of CloudFare.

 

The botnet targeted the WordPress administrative panels using the name "admin."

 

What should a blogger do to protect their site?

 

1. Change your password. NOW!

Make sure it's in a secure format - use upper and lower case letters, at least eight characters, and include "special" characters (^%$#@*).

 

2. Update to the lastest version of WordPress (which has new protections built in.)

 

3. Change your username to something other than "admin."

 

4. Turn ON your two-way authentification if you are on WP.com.

 

5. Consider installing a security plug in. Here are some to consider:

 

WordPress Security Plugins

 

Have you ever been hacked or had your identity used illegally? What happened? How did you get it fixed?  Inquiring minds want to know...

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