WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems in the world due to the ability it gives non-technical, inexperienced users to create professional, effective websites. According to data from W3Techs, WordPress was used by 43% of all websites on the Internet in 2022.
This widespread usage, combined with persistent security vulnerabilities, has put a target on WordPress’s back. Malicious hackers have come to view attacks exploiting WordPress vulnerabilities as an easy and effective way to gain access to valuable credentials and infect systems with harmful software.
Securing WordPress sites against damaging attacks is a challenge, as new vulnerabilities are constantly being discovered, and even sites that are considered secure are frequently breached with emerging attacks. In this article, we introduce a minimum impact solution that leverages predictive analysis detection and automated remediation, and demonstrate its effectiveness in securing WordPress sites against attacks exploiting both new and known flaws.
WordPress: A Popular Target Among Malicious Hackers
WordPress has become a favorite target among cyber thieves as its prevalence on the Internet continues to increase. WordPress provides cybercriminals with an efficient way to launch malicious campaigns such as brute force attacks, cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks, DDoS attacks and malware campaigns that target a maximum number of websites at once. Moreover, insecure default WordPress settings, frequent misconfigurations and the use of predictable login credentials and outdated CMS versions, themes and plugins frequently grant adversaries easy entry.
A successful attack exploiting one compromised WordPress install in a shared environment