October 10, 2014 in WordPress Designer News

WordPress Designer News – WordPress CMS Is Target of Choice For Cyber Criminals


WORDPRESS is the most attacked website content management system (CMS), says security firm Imperva.

If you are running a WordPress Website, you chances of being attacked are 24 percent higher than any other websites running a similar Content Management Systems.

Imperva’s annual Web Application Attack Report said that websites running WordPress were attacked 24 percent more than those running on all other content management systems combined.


wp4The report also revealed that WordPress suffered 60 percent more Cross Site Scripting incidents than all other combined CMS websites.

The report, produced by the company’s Application Defense Centre research team, using the Application Defence Centres analysis of a subset of 99 applications protected by Imperva’s Web Application Firewalls over a period of nine months from 1 August 2013 to 30 April 2014.

The key findings included an increase of 10 percent in SQL Injection attacks, as well as an increase of 24 percent in Remote File Inclusion attacks.

The Application Defence Centre research team found that attacks have got dramatically longer in duration, lasting up to 44 percent longer than was found in the fourth annual report.

WordPress Is Not Having Much Luck This Year

Earlier this year, there were more than 1,000 WordPress websites that were hijacked by attackers, with the intention of connecting users to a criminal botnet and force them to unknowingly launch distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS).

Securi the company that revealed the hack, said their blog ‘that it uncovered the botnet while examining an attack on one of its customers and traced the sources to over 162,000 legitimate WordPress websites’.

Back in June, WordPress joined the Reset the Net campaign to fight against mass surveillance, which also had support from parties including Edward Snowden, Twitter, Reddit, Imgur, Google and Mozilla.

Sources:

  • WordPress
  • Imperva
  • Wikipedia
  • V3.co.uk
  • Securi

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