WordPress Blogs Hit by Bots

Have you noticed an increase in spam comments recently appearing, on your blog?

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I have.

Apparently, WordPress is under a massive attack by hackers, with the capability to run over 100,000 bots.

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Evidently, the attacks are primarily aimed at wordpress.org blogs.

Those with wordpress.org, also known as a self hosted wordpress blog, need to strengthen their passwords and make sure their user name is NOT “admin.” 

Downloading a plug-in to limit the number of login attempts, to your blog, is also a good idea. 

The best defense may be to change your user name to something rather obscure, since the hackers have over 90,000 IP address at their disposal. 

This TechCrunch article, Hackers Point Large Botnet At WordPress Sites To Steal Admin Passwords And Gain Server Access is helpful and easy to understand.

Now . . .

If you have a wordpress.com site, the folks at wordpress, where your blog is hosted, are working at a feverish pace, to protect you. 

The .com sites can’t use plug-ins, but they can use two factor authentication.  This involves downloading a Google Authenticator App to your smart phone.  It generates a new random numerical password every 30 seconds.  If you don’t have a smart phone, you can have the code sent to you by text.

Quoting wordpress.com support, “the attacks are against WordPress.ORG installs that still have the default “admin” user – If you are on WordPress.COM – this  means there is a whole army of people working to keep your blog safe from the bots.”

So, Bernie and Lee and Nevele and Julia and all you other “bots” out there -

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Hands off my blog and . . .

prestonbeatleround

“Don’t hack the hair – man!”

  5 comments for “WordPress Blogs Hit by Bots

  1. April 17, 2013 at 1:56 am

    And the sad thing is that for bots, they are almost complimentary in their pending comments. I was tempted to approve a few to make myself feel good. It’s a good reminder to back up posts just in case they do find a way in.

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    • April 17, 2013 at 3:45 am

      Lol! I know what you mean. I had to read a couple of them twice because they were nice to me, but in sort of an off or weird way. I’ll be glad when this assault runs its course!

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  2. April 17, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Made me feel ill when I learned of the attack. I’m not all that tech savvy, but I do my best. :) Thanks for helping to spread the word!

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    • April 17, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      Me too! I finally figured out the difference between a .com and .org blog :p Stay safe out there!

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  3. April 21, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Thanks for the reminder to be safe.

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