It has always been important to ensure your online web presence is protected, but this year more than ever! It has been estimated that over 1.5 million blog pages and thousands of websites have been exploited and defaced by hackers. These unscrupulous hackers have managed to spoil several pages due to a major security flaw on WordPress software and because of this, WordPress are urging site owners to update their software to avoid hackers taking over their website.
The BBC have highlighted this issue in their recent technology news alert; www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology.
Security firms such as WordFence and Sucuri picked up on the security flaw back in January and have described the bug as a ‘feeding frenzy amongst hacker groups’. The founder of WordFence, Mark Maunder, said “During the past 48 hours we have seen over 800,000 attacks exploiting this specific vulnerability across the WordPress sites we monitor,”
Some hackers have actually managed to take over websites, rather than just defacing them and so WordPress released a new ‘patched’ version on 26th January, leading to several sites and blogs automatically running updates to prevent them being hacked. However, even after WordPress’ effort to prevent their customers’ sites from being hacked, thousands of website administrators and managers have not updated them and therefore are still vulnerable and at risk of catching the ‘bug’, making it easy for the hackers to take over and exploit websites and blog pages.
A government-backed IT security agency are now seriously encouraging website administrators to update their online platforms and carry out maintenance to protect them from these malicious attacks.
For all our clients on our maintenance plan… you’ll be glad to know that your website is still safe and secure from any nasty bugs or hackers!
If you don’t currently make use of our maintenance plan and want to discuss us protecting your website to avoid it being hacked then please don’t hesitate to contact us.