Important information for WordPress users

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Update 23/04/2013: We have now introduced a page with a captcha to help address the ongoing attempts by the botnet to access WordPress and Joomla websites. When you go to your admin/ login page you will be asked to enter the captcha to continue. We feel this is a more elegant, user friendly and secure approach. The page looks like this…

Wordpress Captcha

Web hosts across the world are currently experiencing a huge DDoS attack that is specifically targeting WordPress installations on shared hosting platforms.

A number of other web hosts have started removing access to “wp-login”; however we don’t want to do this as it mean you can’t access your website’s control panel. We are going to add an extra layer of security to help fend off this attack and still give you access to your control panel.

Whilst this attack is on-going, you may find that when trying to login to your WordPress Admin Area you are prompted for a username and password not previously required. The credentials for this login are:

Username: protected
Password: wordpress

As soon as normal service is resumed, this prompt will be removed and the above credentials will no longer be required. We appreciate your patience during this time, and will update www.webmestatus.co.uk once this has been resolved.

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2 Responses to Important information for WordPress users

  1. WebMe says:

    Apparently the botnet is trying the username “admin”. If you use this username on your WordPress site then it would be wise to change it. Also make sure you use a strong password.

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