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WordPress Website Threat

Digital, Industry Happenings / Off / January 25, 2017

We have received notification of a new security threat to WordPress websites, known as the ‘Chicken Kiev Botnet’ – sure, it sounds delicious, but it’s no good!

The full article is below if you wish to read it, but here’s a nutshell breakdown for you:

  • Steals WordPress administration username and passwords;
  • Signs into your site and installs fake themes or plugins;
  • Often then injects Google Ad banners, so the BotNet owners profit from traffic going to your site;
  • Or, will redirect all your traffic to a site they control.

How to Protect Yourself

  • Ensure WordPress version is up to date
  • Install Wordfence plugin – we recommend paying for the premium version, but the free version is also great to protect against brute force attacks
  • Ensure ALL of your login credentials are secure:
    • ‘admin’ is the default username for WordPress – if this is what your using, we recommend you change it
    • make sure your passwords are long and complex – 12 characters or more with a random combination of letters, numbers and symbols
    • if you’re on a Mac, your keychain will remember your password for you. If not, use LastPass or Master Password so you don’t have to remember a huge password!

What to do now

  • If Halo built your site in WordPress, Wordfence will be installed.
  • If you are part of our full Partnership Program, your website will be updated to the latest versions of WordPress as they are released. If not, ask your web developer to look at this ASAP.
  • If you notice anything strange about your website, contact your web developer (or us) immediately.

If you have any queries or concerns, you know where I am! Details below, feel free to touch base anytime.

Click here to read the full article on Wordfence.com 


By Alison Balch, Chief Marketeer. 

After 12 years in corporate marketing, Alison started AmpersandMC to challenge the world of big agencies and elevate the conversation between a business and a consumer, allowing them to connect on a deeper level. Focusing on strategy development using behavioural psychology principles, she aims to educate and inspire small business owners to take a creative, strategic approach to their marketing.

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