Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 24 January 2017, 21:50 hrs, UTC, Post #92
Reporter: Mark Maunder–Wordfence Founder/CEO.
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Internet attacks in the form of ransomware, malicious adware, maleware, and other dubious software have increased radically during the past year. Particularly vulnerable are websites using the WordPress.org (self-hosted) platform. With more than 25 percent of the world’s blogs and websites using WordPress, the danger to your personal or business website is increasing daily.
In this article from Wordfence Founder and CEO Mark Maunder, we learn about another threat to the WordPress.org self hosted platform. This time, the culprit is a botnet called “Chicken Kiev (CK)” that uses a “brute force attack” to penetrate your admin section, siphon off passwords and themes, and then insert malicious and false google ads. Your website then becomes a “host” for this false ad campaign with all profits going to the hacker or criminal syndicate operating the malicious code.
Maunder recommends several steps to reduce the chance of your site being infected:
“Enable Wordfence on your website. It provides excellent brute force protection in the free and paid version.”
“If you are a Premium Wordfence user, enable two factor authentication, also called cellphone sign in.”
“Ensure you use a long and complex password. 12 characters or more with a random combination of letters, numbers and symbols…include both upper and lower-case letters.”
“Make sure the Wordfence Firewall is enabled to block exploits that can compromise your admin account.”
“Don’t use the same password on other WordPress websites or accounts.”
While this advice applies generally to sites using the WordPress.org self hosted platform, those using the basic WordPress.com hosted platform should still be concerned about online security as well. Although WordPress.com provides top-notch spam and brute force protection, users of this simpler blogging platform should still use long passwords and enable two factor authentication.
By employing good security practices, complex passwords, and two factor authentication, your website may be spared from most of the damage wrought by hackers.
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