(The Hosting News) – AHosting, a provider of high-performance CMS hosting, has released an advisory notice warning WordPress users that a large number of sites have recently been infected by malware such as CryptoPHP, including over 20,000 WordPress sites in the last month. AHosting has cautioned WordPress users to take care when using free themes in WordPress and to avoid using pirate premium themes at all costs.
Themes that do not originate from verified theme directories and developers can contain malware which puts sites and their users at risk. As a provider of CMS hosting, including WordPress hosting, AHosting is well placed to observe the current state of the free WordPress theme ecosystem. While there are many excellent free themes available from reputable sources, the company has concerns that users who are unfamiliar with the risks may be influenced to install themes that contain malicious code or spammy links.