WordPress Botnet Attack
The BBC reported that WordPress has been attacked by a Botnet of tens of thousands of computers.
Botnet is short for Robot-Network; an attack from a Botnet means that a network of Internet connected programs working together to perform a task.
The task in this instance seems to be to infiltrate WordPress based websites.
WordPress powers 64 million websites, 17% of the worlds websites, so the threat level is high.
The Botnet attack targets user accounts with the username “admin”.
“If you still use ‘admin’ as a username on your blog, change it, use a strong password”, Matt Mullenweg, WordPress Founder.
Many WordPress powered websites have also had an extra security step added by web hosts; some have even denied WordPress administrator access all together.
This is the worse WordPress attack I can recall and I strongly suggest changing up your usernames and passwords and make sure your WordPress install is fully up-to-date.