Primary Threats To WordPress Sites Identified In New Report

Primary Threats To WordPress Sites Identified In New Report
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A recent report identifies the security threat to WordPress sites and attacks against the website build on WordPress.

WordPress security was threatened and infected several times with malware from pirated aka nulled theme and plugin, as described by the WordPress security report.

Report from Wordfence a security company, recently published that threat and malware targeting WordPress sites, this information data is collected by wordfence database of about 4 million active websites that installed wordfence security software.

Below are the major threats to WordPress sites:

  • Malware from nulled themes and plugins
  • Malicious login tries an attempt
  • Vulnerability exploits

Below is the summary of key highlights from the report.

Malware From Nulled Theme and Plugins

One of the most security threats that happen in WordPress websites is malware from nulled themes and plugins.

Wordfence caught almost over 70 million malicious files in almost 1.2 million WordPress websites in the past year. Almost 17 million infected websites had malware from installed nulled themes and plugins.

The WP-VCD malware is the most common malware threat found in 154,928 or around 13% of infected websites in 2020.

Pirated plugins and themes are vulnerable to hackers because nulled themes and plugins have their license checking ability is disabled, which makes a backdoor for hackers to get in.

The only best practice you can do is to buy these themes and plugins legitimately form with proper license and keep them update regularly.

Most beginner WordPress users cannot purchase these products so you can use the free version from the trusted provider as it is the safest option.

Malicious Login Attempt

Wordfence blocked almost 90 billion malicious threatening login attempts from over 57 million unique Ip addresses. If you calculate that would be 2800 attacks per second with the primary target to WordPress sites.

These malicious attacks include the technique like credential stuffing attacks using the stolen credential, dictionary attacks, and traditional brute-force attack.

WordPress website owners can protect their websites from malicious threat login by implementing the two-way authentication process. Two-way authentication will ensure no one can get into your website without the password or the one-time code that only you have access to.

Vulnerability Exploits

According to the Wordfence report, there were 4.3 billion attempts to exploit vulnerabilities from over 9.7 million unique IP addresses in the past year.

The 5 types of attacks that are most common in past years:

  • Directory Traversal: Total of up 43% of all vulnerability exploit attempts (1.8 billion attacks).
  • SQL Injection: Total of up 21% of all exploit attempts (909.4 million attacks).
  • Malicious file uploads: Total of up 11% of all exploit attempts (454.8 million attacks).
  • Authentication Bypass vulnerabilities: Total of up 3% of all exploit attempts (140.8 million attacks).
  • Cross-Site Scripting(XSS): Total of up 8% of all attempts (330 million attacks).

Almost 4 million websites tracked and came out in this report experienced at least one of each of the above exploit attempts.

WordPress websites owner can protect themselves by using a firewall against vulnerability exploits.

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