Global Botnet Targets Insecure WordPress Servers

According to server hosts Hostgator and Cloudflare, WordPress powered websites across the globe are being targeted by a botnet consisting of tens of thousands of personal computers that have been compromised.

The attack specifically targets installations that have an ‘admin’ username configured, trying thousands of possible passwords. It appears that the botnet has the ability to target the same server from up to 90,000 different IP addresses, which means normal login lockdown systems are not effective at blocking the attack. Continue reading

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