(The Hosting News) – WordPress users beware: A botnet is currently affecting the popular blogging platform.
WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg acknowledged the problem via his blog following a number of media reports on the issue.
“Right now there’s a botnet going around all of the WordPresses it can find trying to login with the “admin” username and a bunch of common passwords, and it has turned into a news story (especially from companies that sell “solutions” to the problem),” he stated.
In fact, Mullenweg commented on the botnet’s scope – noting it “supposedly” had more than 90 thousand IP addresses.
So how should WordPress users go about safeguarding themselves from the botnet? The WordPress founder suggested users change their login names away from being “Admin” – something that was initially default before the implementation of WordPress 3.0.
It’s not the first time the popular platform has been threatened by the wrath of hackers. In March of last year, security firm Websense noted that number of WordPress-based websites were included in a mass injection.