WordPress is currently under a “brute force” hacker attack
Being the most popular blogging platform on the internet (about 22% of all blogs run on WordPress) has its perks…but it has its downside as well. WordPress sites worldwide are currently being attacked by hackers. This is a worldwide attack on WordPress, involving almost every
web host that hosts a WordPress site. It is not specific to any hosting company or country. , the company that HayleStorm Interactive recommends (and uses for all of its own websites)had a post on their blog on April 11. Discussing this attack. From that post is:
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 . These requirements are fairly typical of a secure password: upper and lowercase letters, at least eight characters long, and including “special” characters (^%$#&@*).
As discussed in their post, host gator can take more severe action you feel it necessary to protect your site, but at the least. change your passwords on your sites and use complicated passwords, as suggested above. If you run your site or sites on WordPress now is not the time to be using passwords like “password”, “123456″, or “QWERTY”,three of the most popular (and useless) passwords on the Internet. This hacker attack is not just a reason to re-examine your passwords, it is a reminder that you should always use sufficient password protection (and other kinds of site and computer protection, as discussed elsewhere on HayleStorm Interactive HERE). Building and maintaining a good blog requires a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (or, time, money, and energy), and to lose all that work for lack of having a sufficient password would really be a stupid thing to do considering how easy site security is. Don’t be one of those people who wind up saying, “damn, I sure wish I’d taken website security seriously.” It is far better, and easier, to do it now than it will be to fix all the headaches that could be heading your way if you don’t.