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Over 160,000 WordPress Sites Used as Zombies in DDoS Attacks

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In a recent massive attack, more than 160,000 WordPress sites have been taken advantage of and used to launch “a large HTTP-based (layer 7) distributed flood attack against a target”. And, these were legit WordPress sites that were abused for the attack. So you could actually have been one of them! Read More

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5 Lessons from the Recent WordPress Attack

WordPress LogoEarlier this month, WordPress users across the world (as well as users on other platforms) fell victim to a massive brute-force attack on their sites.

The hack, or attempted hack, used a large botnet (a network of compromised computers doing the bidding of someone else) to repeatedly try and guess passwords on WordPress sites to gain administrative access to them. From there, the botnets would take over the sites and attempt to integrate them into a new bothnet, one made up of high-powered servers with better connections to the Web.

For most sites, the hacking attempt was pretty harmless. If you don’t use the original “admin” account and have a password that is easily guessed, you were most likely safe from the attack. Rather, the attack was an attempt to cast a broad net in hopes of finding the low-hanging fruit, sites that can be trivially broken into.

But while your site is probably fine as long as you took even the most basic precautions, there were still repercussions. The weight of thousands of attempts to login put a strain on many people’s servers, especially if the server had many different WordPress sites. This resulted in websites slowing to a crawl and even shutting down, including ones not directly affected.

But while the worst seems to have passed for now, there are still some lessons to be learned from it and it’s important to grasp them before the next wave hits.

Because if there’s one thing that’s for certain, there is another wave coming. Read More

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5 Lessons for Bloggers from Dollar Shave Club

Dollar Shave Club LogoIf you have even flipped on a computer in the last 24-48 hours, there’s a good chance you’ve seen or heard about the new viral marketing video from Dollar Shave Club.

The video features Mike, the founder of the company, making a blunt but comedic pitch for his service, which sends fresh razor blades to customers in the mail every month. The video has become a massive hit, getting over 600,000 views since its launch two days ago and has been featured on a slew of major sites and blogs.

But even more than a great viral video, Dollar Shave Club is an excellent case study in marketing and in reaching an audience. However, the lessons aren’t just for competitors or other companies, but they can be used by anyone trying to market themselves online, including bloggers.

With that in mind, here are five good lessons every blogger can learn from the skyrocketing popularity of Dollar Shave Club. Read More

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Is Your Blog DDoS Proof?

For those of you who don’t speak geek, DDoS stands for Distributed Denial of Service which involves a person (or organization) flooding a server with so many requests that the site either goes down or loads extremely slow.

Although no site, blog or server is DDoS proof (especially with hostile governments launching DDoS attacks nowadays), there are a few steps you can take to weather an attack just in case your blog becomes the target of someones rage. Read More

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