Huge attack on WordPress sites could spawn never-before-seen super botnet

WordPress Brute Force Attack

In the past few months there have been several alerts from different websites I frequent about possible malware infection. Thanks to Google Chrome for the malware alerts. Most other browsers don’t have this type of protection built in. One thing these sites have in common is that they all are run on self-hosted WordPress installations just like my own.  Hackers are launching an attack on WordPress sites to further leverage their destructive capabilities.

My brother was kind enough to send me this article the other day knowing that WordPress is what I advocate for setting up blogs and even websites because it is a wonderful content management system. Turns out there are hackers that will use vulnerabilities in WordPress to their advantage to carry out brute force and DDoS attacks on large corporations. For instance my server offers automatic installation and upgrade of commonly used content management, blogging and forum software. The hackers will take advantage of the reach of these servers and attempt to infect as many installations as possible. Then the malware is attacking from a much larger scale than just from one PC to another.

My site is protected through CloudFlare. After I encountered the first malware warning from Chrome about one of my favorite sites I decided to research how I could protect my website at the server level. That’s when I found CloudFlare. It protects my site at the DNS level which is fabulous. Even on the free service is blocks malicious connections from all over the world.

Is your website or your friends website at risk? Find out and please share this article.

Security analysts have detected an ongoing attack that uses a huge number of computers from across the Internet to commandeer servers that run the WordPress blogging application. The unknown people behind the highly distributed attack are using more than 90,000 IP addresses to brute-force crack administrative credentials of vulnerable […]

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