/// It’s Probably a Good Time to Change Your Terrible WordPress Password

April 13, 2013  |  All Things Digital


PSA of the day: Don’t use obvious usernames and passwords — like “username” and “password” — for your blog. For one thing, it’s just dumb. It makes it easier for anyone to make a guess and take your account for a spin. Or perhaps, as was the most recent case, you’ll get cracked by a big scary hacker attack. That’s what’s up with a slew of blogs on Friday evening, as one or more hackers are using a “botnet” — basically a creepy name for a network of automated programs — to try and access WordPress-hosted sites by attacking the lowest common denominator: Sites that use “admin” as the login name, paired with a list of the most commonly used passwords. The brunt of the attack began last week, according to Sean Valant of HostGator , an online hosting service for Web sites. After dying off for a bit, the attack picked back up again Thursday morning, and has received some attention from Web hosts and security companies around the net. Some, like Web security services company CloudFlare, are ringing the alarm bells (while simultaneously pimping the company’s own security services ). Which is fair, I guess

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It’s Probably a Good Time to Change Your Terrible WordPress Password

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