The well-known and well used WordPress CMS System has been the latest victim of the hackers.
According to an article written by W3Techs “Usage statistics and market share of Word Press “ the well-established CMS is used by 17% of website across the globe.
A botnet attacked ‘Tens of Thousands’ of individual computers last week, according to server hosting providers Cloudflare and Hostgator.
This attack is brute force attacking the admin portals within the url (myaddress.com/wp-admin). By using the default username ‘admin’ and guessing (on mass levels) the password.
Chief Executive and co-founder of Cloudflare, Matthew Prince, commented on his blog “One of the concerns of an attack like this is that the attacker 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. These larger machines can cause much more damage in DDoS attacks because the servers have large network connections and are capable of generating significant amounts of traffic.”
Sarah Brassington MD of Rake Mark Solutions said “Media Hype and fears of future attacks are obviously doing the rounds but please stay calm. We advise that all our clients’ double check that passwords are kept strong and to try and include characters within the password”.
She continues with “if any of our clients have any issues at all, please feel free to contact us. A email will be going out to all our clients using the word press platform later today”