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WordPress Security – Global Brute Force Flood Attack

There is an on-going global attack on WordPress sites. This is a highly distributed attack which is affecting virtually every known web host and WordPress site. We have seen over 10,000 IP addresses involved in this attack.

At this time we recommend you login to your WordPress site and change the password. We highly suggest that you use a very strong password including uppercase characters, lowercase characters, numbers and special characters (&$@!*).

There are several things you can do fight these attacks from your end. We highly recommend using WordPress Security plugins such as WordFence along side Better WP Security. Both plugins can be installed directly from your WordPress admin panel. Alternatively you can use htaccess files to protect your WordPress admin directory.

Another option that seems to work incredibly well is CloudFlare. We have activated this on a few WordPress sites today that stopped the attacks within minutes. You can read more about how to enable CloudFlare through cPanel.

If you are running a WordPress site and need assistance with setting up any of these options you can contact us by submitting a support ticket.

Again, this is a global attack that is affecting all web hosts. We do hope this attack doesn’t last very long, however, it is a good reminder that we should all take account security seriously.

There are 3 comments .

Steve Wood

Well I guess I have learnt my lesson and will be taking your advice as soon as I can access my site.
Thanks for the information.

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    EdwardR

    Steve,

    Your site has been fixed. I listed several options for added security with WordPress in the ticket for you. If you need help getting anything setup please let us know and we will be happy to assist you.

    Thanks,

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