Are You Wishing For Spam Free Secure Hosting
Do you wish you could host your WordPress blog (self-hosted) where spam wasn’t a problem, where hackers couldn’t damage your site, where your host took effective steps to keep spammers and hackers away from your blog?
Are you fed-up with all the spam and hacker attacks from China, the former Soviet states and other notorious regions, the sharply rising level of cyber-attacks from the middle east and northern Africa?
Are all the hacking attacks and login attacks from hacked web sites and bad-host web-servers giving you grey hairs?
Massive Number of Hacked USA Websites Participate in WordPress Botnet Attack
For the past couple of days we’ve been watching a customers WordPress site being attacked by a botnet of websites trying to access site admin with user name “admin” and a variety of simple passwords.
Most of these attacks are coming from USA based web hosting services. One particular top level service provider, Provo Unified Layer, stands out above the rest as the most hacked network. Many 2nd tier providers use Provo Unified Layer infrastructure including Bluehost and Hostmonster. Of the hosts using Provo Unified Layer infrastructure, Bluehost is ahead of the pack in having hosted sites participating in the botnet. (Read more about Bluehost and the Botnet).
Opera User Agent “Bork-Edition”
Have you seen Bork-edition user agent strings? Wondered what browser uses this string? Maybe noticed nearly all traffic to your site with Bork edition in the user agent string is spam and hacking attempts. User agents with Bork-edition are considered by at least one writer among the top 10 spam bots that must be blocked.
There’s several user agents which on first glance look harmless e.g. user agent string Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0) Opera 7.02 Bork-edition [en]
Website Offline after DoS Attack
Apparent Botnet Attacked My WordPress Website
What appeared to be a botnet attacked one of my sites (tech.graphicline.co.za) this morning in a brute-force wp-login attempt from multiple IP addresses. This was the most coordinated attack against any of my sites I’ve experienced. Usually the hacker bots I see use up to 6 IP’s in these attacks – 146 IPs is serious stuff…
146 IP’s Used in Simultaneous Attack
The IP’s listed below are the guilty parties to this brute-force login attack on the site. The main attack started at 05h09 GMT this morning (November 25, 2012) and continued until 05h15 GMT. A second but less intense attacked followed; starting from 05h16 GMT tailing off until ending at 05h43 GMT
Hacker Bot FreeWebMonitoring SiteChecker/0.1 Pays a Visit
Bad bot “FreeWebMonitoring SiteChecker/0.1 (+http://www.freewebmonitoring.com)” paid a visit to one of my websites yesterday from IP address 220.127.116.11 which belongs to Canadian service provider: Canada Montreal Thst Golf Inc.
The full range of IP’s owned by Canada Montreal Thst Golf Inc. is 18.104.22.168 – 22.214.171.124
This bot is not the bot used by freewebmonitoring.com. Their bot is “FreeWebMonitoring SiteChecker/0.2 (+http://www.freewebmonitoring.com/bot.html)”
Honeypot Trap for WordPress.com and Blogger
Project Honeypot is a Spammer, Hacker and Mail Harvester monitoring service intended to find and list IP addresses used by people with malicious intentions. Project Honeypot is free to join and provides bloggers with a means to identify these types of visitors.Use the database to check IP addresses for threat level and type of threat, join the movement by installing a honeypot trap on your own sites and blogs, report spambots and other ill-intentioned visitors…
Users of WordPress.com and Blogger.com cannot set-up a hosted honeypot trap as we don’t have access to the server, however we can use a quicklink to assist Project Honeypot in collecting data about spambots and automated dictionary attackers etc.
Using the honeypot trap will not interfere with your normal comment system, it is solely to catch the bots used by spammers. It will also not prevent bots spamming your own comment forms – that’s for Akismet or however else you choose to limit Spam.
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