Is there anything in particular happening in the hacker/brute-force attack world…

Is there anything in particular happening in the hacker/brute-force attack world lately?

This weekend has suddenly seen an upsurge in the amount of logon attempts to my website – over 20,000 logon attempts over Saturday and Sunday..

It's still ongoing, even MORE intensively actually – over 2,000 attempts in the last 10 minutes!

Is there some new vulnerability for WordPress, or some new hacking tool out?

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  • January 28, 2013 - 04:08 | Permalink

    There have been reports lately of various WP attacks.

  • January 28, 2013 - 04:10 | Permalink

    Any links +Jason Arney ?   I was trying to search, but couldn't find anything particularly related to WP and/or brute force attacks.

  • January 28, 2013 - 04:32 | Permalink

    I could dig something up, but I remember reading last week WP was hacked.

  • January 28, 2013 - 04:35 | Permalink

    Getting hits all over on "wordpress ddos attacks" but it is from new and old. Granted, you're getting a bf attack and not a ddos. Either way, big target.

  • January 28, 2013 - 05:25 | Permalink

    +Jason Arney , yeah, I couldn't really find anything recent so I wondered where you'd seen it.
    The attacks aren't really impacting me (though they are still ongoing, another couple thousand attempts since I posted this), but I am curious why the sudden uptick.  There have always been bf attacks, but usually only several hundred a day at most.  As of this weekend, it's about 10,000 a day or more.

  • January 28, 2013 - 05:28 | Permalink

    Hit your host for that… maybe they pissed someone off.

  • January 28, 2013 - 05:31 | Permalink

    Worth a try, thanks +Jason Arney .  If you do come across that article you saw though, do please let me know.

  • January 28, 2013 - 06:19 | Permalink

    Anonymus declared war on US Justice Department. the biggest news last weekend imo.

  • January 28, 2013 - 07:01 | Permalink

    Interesting idea +Ivar Songe .  Perhaps my site is trying to be taken for use in some kind of botnet?  The timing does fit..

  • January 28, 2013 - 07:05 | Permalink

    there was a 9 minute video from anonymus about taking over things secretly. i'll try to find this.

  • January 28, 2013 - 07:10 | Permalink

    I didn't know about that +Ivar Songe , but I searched youtube and came up with this:
    Is that the one?  I'll have to watch it when I get home from work, so I can't confirm the contents..

  • January 28, 2013 - 07:12 | Permalink

    yeah, it's the one.

  • January 28, 2013 - 07:13 | Permalink

    Thanks +Ivar Songe , will check it out when I get the chance tonight 🙂

  • January 28, 2013 - 07:15 | Permalink

    ok i found the news part also, where i found the video.

  • January 28, 2013 - 07:27 | Permalink

    Thanks for the link +Ivar Songe , I hadn't seen that article (and I note that the site is down).  I suppose it is possible that there is a greater effort to find websites that can be compromised and used to serve as part of a botnet for a ddos attack.  
    I am just surprised that I haven't found mention anywhere so far that other sites are seeing increased intrusion attempts – I would have thought that if anyone else were seeing a similar uptick in attacks, others would be noting it too.  Will continue to keep monitoring!

  • January 28, 2013 - 07:29 | Permalink

    US government is denying everything and burying all the information about it 😛

  • January 28, 2013 - 07:31 | Permalink

    So that makes me the sole voice of alarm, eh +Ivar Songe ?  😉

  • January 28, 2013 - 07:32 | Permalink

    Don't worry. Masses of people are behind Anonymus and support him.

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