WordPress Hacking – Malware Attacks Becoming More Common
1st July 2011
In this day and age, hackers are becoming much cleverer, with the availability of various technologies to help them create viruses or other malicious software. Some of this is just for their own amusement, while others do it to obtain confidential information to commit fraud or other crimes. In either case, it can be detrimental to both the website being attacked and all the users that visit or who are signed up to it.
In the recent attack on the web design company WordPress.org, a malicious piece of software infected the website and caused many problems. The case is still being investigated as to what caused the incident, but it has forced all of its users to create a new password just in case a security breach takes place. This will prevent the hackers from getting into people’s individual accounts and tampering with their websites, which could cause serious problems for many.
WordPress has also said it is a good idea not to use the same passwords on different websites, as it makes it easier for hackers to get into all your accounts, including email or bank. Make sure never to tell anyone your password or write it down. Try to remember it in your head wherever you can or at least use a special code and hide a note somewhere that only you will know where it is. For bank accounts in particular, it is important to be extra alert when signing in or giving your details away over online transactions. Sometimes copies of legitimate websites can be made to look like the real thing, so when you sign in, the criminals have your log in details. To avoid this, you should type in the address directly in the URL bar and ensure there is a padlock symbol at the bottom of your screen.