Security Warning for WordPress Websites - Increased Brute Force Attacks

Reply Thu 11 Apr, 2013 02:57 pm
I thought I'd share what I received from my website host this morning in case anyone here uses WordPress . I've X'd out any identifying info specific to my site.

date: Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 4:25 PM
subject: XXXXXXX.com Security Notification for WordPress websites


Account ID: XXX
Subscription ID: XXXXXXXXX

Over the last 24 hours we've seen an increase of brute-force attacks
against WordPress sites globally. In order to help mitigate these attacks,
we've implemented some restrictions on our network to limit the number of
failed login attempts against WordPress sites. However, we highly advise
that you also make some adjustments to your own WordPress site to minimize your potential risk.

1. We highly recommend that you upgrade to the latest version, WordPress
3.5.1. If you have installed WordPress manually, you can follow these
instructions: http://codex.wordpress.org/Updating_WordPress. If you have
used our application vault, you can upgrade by logging into the Control
Panel at XXXXXXX.com, navigating to your Website Site
Applications area, select your WordPress installation, and click on the
"Upgrade" button to start the process.

2. Make sure that all your WordPress users have strong passwords. Use at
least 8 characters with lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers and
special characters. It's especially important to make sure that you don't
use dictionary words, passwords that are the same as the username, or other
simple passwords. Here are some useful suggestions on creating a strong
password: http://windows.microsoft.com/is-is/windows-vista/tips-for-creating-a-strong-password.

3. You can also install a plugin such as "Limit Login Attempts". This will
allow you to set your own rules for how many failed login attempts are
allowed. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/limit-login-attempts/

If you have any questions or concerns, or require any assistance, please
feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to assist you.

- Your Customer Support Team
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