WordPress botnet attack underway


Security experts are warning that an escalating series of online attacks designed to break into poorly-secured WordPress blogs is fueling the growth of an unusually powerful botnet currently made up of more than 90,000 Web servers.

Now would be a good time to shore up your WordPress installation with the latest security fixes and perhaps change your password to something more secure.

  • Or consider if you need WordPress at all.

    Don’t get me wrong, lots of people do, but I’d been using it for years without thinking through my needs. For me, a blogging tool that built all the files locally was a better choice. I got much better performance, the ability to save my posts locally, and backup via github.

    And most importantly, removing WordPress got me closer to HTML+CSS+JavaScript, which is something I want to learn anyway.

    • It’s not just blogging, it’s content management.

      • Indeed. If you need what it does, wonderful! I was using it as a simple blogging tool. For my needs, it was overly complicated — and, because of that, more bloated and sluggish than it had to be.

        If you have more complex needs, it might be perfect for you.

  • vinnyrose