A large distributed brute force attack against WordPress sites is understood to be occurring. A large botnet with more than 90,000 servers is attempting to log in by cycling through different usernames and passwords.
This is an on going global attack on Wordpress installations to crack open admin accounts and inject various malicious scripts. Security firms have been tracking an escalating number of "brute force" attacks against WordPress installations, which have been trying out logins such as "admin" and then running through thousands of commonly-used passwords to try to break in.
Reports also claim that Wordpress instances across several hosting providers are being targeted. Since the attack is highly distributed in nature (most of the IP’s used are spoofed), it is making it difficult for any of us to isolate and block all malicious data generating IPs or websites.
To ensure that your websites are secure and safeguarded from this attack, we recommend the following steps:
These additional steps can be taken to further secure Wordpress websites:
Taking these few steps will ensure that you are improving the safety of your Wordpress site.
Please feel free to contact us for any further clarification or assistance.