31 May, 2013 — Blogging, WordPress

Brute Force Attack – The Result

Email Account

I’m sure you may well know, unless you’ve been living under a rock recently? There has been a large botnet attacking WordPress websites all around the world in the way of a Brute Force Attack.

Last weekend my email account went mad, with emails from the plugin Limit Login Attempts about 3-5 emails every minuet, for 48 hours. Unfortunately I was away from home with practically no internet access so was unable to try to stop the attack. From the emails they were targeting 3 different usernames admin, administrator and support. I was pretty sure my server would hold out while the attack was happening and it did. The attack stopped late Sunday night.

My Incoming Emails

My Incoming Emails

When I got home, I opened up my email client and the emails began to download… all 29,861 of them, I guess thats the only downside of Limit Login Attempts… but at least it raised my attention to something that could have been a lot worse.