Huge attack on WordPress sites this weekend

Huge attack on WordPress sites this weekend

“According to CloudFlare’s Prince, the distributed attacks are attempting to brute force the administrative portals of WordPress servers, employing the username “admin” and 1,000 or so common passwords. He said the attacks are coming from tens of thousands of unique IP addresses, an assessment that squares with the finding of more than 90,000 IP addresses hitting WordPress machines hosted by HostGator.

“At this moment, we highly recommend you log into any WordPress installation you have and change the password to something that meets the security requirements specified on the WordPress websitethe company’s Sean Valant wrote. “These requirements are fairly typical of a secure password: upper and lowercase letters, at least eight characters long, and including ‘special’ characters (^%$#@*).”

Read Full story here:
http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/04/huge-attack-on-wordpress-sites-could-spawn-never-before-seen-super-botnet/

Fortunately, if you are one of our clients, you are neither hosted on hostgator, nor would you have an admin password that was not a “strong” password. That doesn’t mean you are immune, though, it just means you are more well protected than the others. This could still come back after the initial rounds of the “easy entry points” attempts.

The most important thing here is that, as is typical with hacks like this, they grab the lowest hanging fruit first, the easy targets. So your best line of defense is always a strong password (described above).

Also a reminder to WordPress clients that we have maintenance plans available to WordPress site owners that will make SURE you are secure.

Please contact us if you’d like to discuss getting one of these set up for your site.
email: dave@ideasdesigninc.com
or call at 954-522-7470

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