WordPress Botnet Attack

Wordpress BotNet

You may have seen reports in the press that hackers have recently singled out WordPress websites for an attack.

Recent figures suggest that over 90,000 servers have been attacked so far with the number growing daily.

Since Adira build the majority of it’s websites on WordPress, I felt that it would be a good idea to write an article explaining what exactly is going on and how to defend your WordPress site against this botnet attack.

Adira clients who are signed up to a maintenance contract, or customer care package need not worry as we will take care of everything for you. Clients who are not on a contract are more than welcome to contact us for more guidance or detailed instructions on how to perform the tasks detailed in this article.

What is a Botnet attack?

As you may know, many computer viruses install themselves on home and office computers with the intention of using the computer, like a robot, to perform certain tasks.

A Botnet (or robot network) attack is the term used to describe a collection of infected computers that are used to simultaneously attack a specific target or targets.

In this instance, an army of infected computers are being used to take control of the website by trying to guess the password for a user called ‘admin’ (a commonly selected username).

How Does It Work?

The premise of the attack is very simple. Infected computers search out WordPress websites, using the username ‘admin’. They then try to find the password by trying thousands of different password combinations.

In general, Adira websites are protected from this to some extent by the simple fact that we rarely use the username ‘admin’.

What to do next

  1. As previously mentioned, if you have a maintenance or customer care agreement with Adira, you need do nothing further, we will take care of it for you.
  2. If you are an Adira client, feel free to contact us for further advice on 0845 6121199
  3. If you wish to deal with this personally, we have prepared a set of instructions for you here

Friday, October 18th, 2013 at 9:15 am  |  Breaking News