News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Build Apps 5x Faster
For Half the Cost Enterprise Cloud Computing
On Force.com
You are here: Home / Network Security / WordPress Web Sites Under Attack
DDoS Protection Powered By Verisign
WordPress Sites Attacked; May Be Prep for DDoS Barrage
WordPress Sites Attacked; May Be Prep for DDoS Barrage
By Jennifer LeClaire / NewsFactor Network Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
APRIL
15
2013



If you haven't used WordPress to publish a blog, you surely have at least visited a WordPress-powered site to read a blog or other content. It's so easy to use that it has become one of the most popular blogging and Web publishing platforms in the world.

Now, it's under attack by hackers. And that could put you under attack.

"The attacker is brute-force attacking the WordPress administrative portals, using the username 'admin' and trying thousands of passwords," said CloudFlare, a Web site optimization firm, in its blog. "It appears a botnet is being used to launch the attack and more than tens of thousands of unique IP addresses have been recorded attempting to hack WordPress installs."

A Rare Target

According to CloudFlare, one of the concerns of an attack like this is that the attacker is using a relatively weak botnet of home PCs in order to build a much larger botnet of beefy servers in preparation for a future attack.

"These larger machines can cause much more damage in DDoS attacks because the servers have large network connections and are capable of generating significant amounts of traffic," the company said. "This is a similar tactic that was used to build the so-called itsoknoproblembro/Brobot botnet which, in the fall of 2012, was behind the large attacks on U.S. financial institutions."

Graham Cluley, a senior security analyst at Sophos, said WordPress was a target because it powers many millions of Web sites around the world.

"If the owners of those Web sites haven't locked down their sites properly, they could be hijacked by cybercriminals for their own purposes. Sadly, many people do still choose poor username/password combinations," Cluley said. "Botnets continue to be a major problem. But it's rare for us to see an attack targeting WordPress sites in this way on this scale."

Dictionary Attacks

Cluley's colleague, Sophos security analyst Paul Ducklin, said since it would take too long to try every possible username and password on every known WordPress or Joomla server, this onslaught is using what is known as a dictionary attack. The strategy is to automate the password guessing, speed up the attack, and don't spend too long on any individual site.

"Not being the low-hanging fruit isn't a generic solution to this problem, as it's a bit like outrunning your buddy when you are chased by a hungry lion: It saves you, but leaves someone else to take the hit," Ducklin wrote in a blog post. "But that is no reason not to move your fruit to higher branches. Remember that if someone breaks into your server, that's bad for you, but it is also bad for everyone else."

Ducklin warned that not setting strong passwords gives the crooks a free ride for hosting malware, launching further attacks, publishing phishing pages, disseminating fake updates or bogus information, and much more.

"All with your imprimatur, and, in the end, with your services blacklisted by anyone who's security conscious. Remember, password-guessing attacks of this sort happen all the time," he said. "The attack volume in this case has been sufficient to attract global attention, which is a good thing, but it's currently thought to be only about three times the usual level.

"In other words, even when 'normal service' is resumed, we'll all still be firmly in the sights of the cybercriminals, so take this as a spur to action!"

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Boo:

Posted: 2013-04-16 @ 8:46pm PT
Bad, bad hackers!

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.
MORE IN NETWORK SECURITY
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Dairy Queen Latest Retailer To Report Hack
Known for its hot fries and soft-serve ice cream, Dairy Queen just made cyber history as the latest victim of a hack attack. The fast food chain said that customer data at some stores may be at risk.
 
Lessons from the JPMorgan Chase Cyberattack
JPMorgan Chase is investigating a likely cyberattack. The banking giant is cooperating with law enforcement, including the FBI, to understand what data hackers may have obtained.
 
Who Is the Hacker Group Lizard Squad?
Are they dangerous or just obnoxious? That’s what many are wondering about the hacker group Lizard Squad, which tweeted out a bomb threat that grounded a flight with a Sony exec aboard.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Intel Intros Lightning-Fast PC Processors
Call it extreme. Intel just took the covers off its first-ever eight-core desktop processor, which is aimed at hardcore power users who expect more than the status quo from their computers.
 
HP Previews ProLiant Gen9 Data Center Servers
Because traditional data center and server architectures are “constraints” on businesses, HP is releasing new servers aimed at faster, simpler and more cost-effective delivery of computing services.
 
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
iWatch Watch: What Will Apple Ask Us To Wear?
There are still more questions than answers when it comes to details about the smart watch Apple seems poised to debut on Sept. 9. In fact, nobody seems completely sure that it will be a smart watch at all.
 
Samsung Maps Its Way with Nokia's 'Here' App for Galaxy Phones
Korean electronics giant Samsung has opted to license Here, Nokia’s mapping app -- formerly known as Nokia Maps -- for its Tizen-powered smart devices and Samsung Gear S wearable.
 
Google Successfully Tests Its Own Delivery Drone
While top technology companies are engaged in an "arms race" to develop drones that can quickly deliver goods to anyone anywhere, Google has revealed it successfully tested its own version.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech | Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.