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What is a WordPress Attack?

A hacked WordPress site can seriously damage your business’s revenue and reputation. Hackers can steal user information, passwords, install malicious software and even spread various types of malware on web sites.

Even, you may have to pay the hackers Ransomware to regain access to your website. Building a website takes a fair amount of time, effort, and money. And hacking the website means that all the hard work will go to waste. So you never want your Sadh website Khana to fall into the hands of hackers. That’s why we need to know how hackers can hack our website and then know about our website security to avoid all these hacking processes.

How do WordPress website hackers conduct different types of attacks?

File Upload Vulnerability

We have a directory called Upload in WordPress where if there is an upload vulnerability then any hacker can inject any type of file and access your server through it.

Also, uploading any PHP file in image form by tampering with various software is called data/file tampering and it is possible to inject any type of file through upload directory of WordPress by tampering very easily.

SQL injection Attack

Some malicious SQL statements are placed in the database of your WordPress website through SQL injection.

And as a result, the malicious SQL deployed hacker has the ability to steal your website data,redirect from your website to a malicious website or destroy your entire website.

Bruteforce attack

You went to login to the website. You don’t know his password. So what do you usually do? Guess and enter a password. What to do if it does not login? Give another one. Then another. Doing this manually takes a lot of time so a software keeps pushing different combinations of passwords to the server and any one gets mixed up and the attacker gets access to the system.

Brute-force attack is basically this. Going through guessed passwords one by one. And breaking the password to enter the server.

In the case of brute force, using software or tools, specific passwords, A-Z, a-z, 1-0, @#%& etc. letters, numbers and symbols are tested in different combinations one after the other.

In this way, with the help of tools, the test continues automatically. And as soon as the password matches, the attack stops and shows the attacker his desired password. A dictionary attack is similar to a brute force attack, but some guess passwords are used.

In this case, to break down the encryption, it is common to create some custom password lists and try to log in one by one (through tools). Name, organization, date of birth, any information of the person is used in creating the custom password list. Various software are also available for dictionary attacks.

Virus & Malware

Because we use different Cracked plugins or themes, different types of virus or malware can attack our wordpress web site and later these malware can take our system express, spamming website SEO, create new users and even down our website. 

Fake Bot Traffic Tttack

There are times when certain pages on my website get a lot of traffic at a given time. This is usually done by robots or hackers using some software. Through this the server may go down at any time due to excessive traffic visiting the website.

DDoS attack

DodoS attack stands for “Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack” and is a cybercrime in which cyber hackers send excessive requests to a web server to bring down the server temporarily or for a specified period of time.

Denial of Service Attack (Dos) by temporarily or indefinitely disconnecting a specific web site or server from the Internet with the help of a device and not allowing anyone to access that web site or server!
Distributed Denial of Service or Deeds is an attack on the same target using multiple devices. When a DOS attack is done using a single system or a single hacker, a DOS attack uses multiple devices or a few hackers working together.

Suppose you have a business website. There you sell various products/services and many customers use your services. That’s why you buy hosting with a lot of space and bandwidth to run the website. For some reason your website has come under the bad eye of a hacker. If he wants to make your website slow or offline then he needs to take help of Deeds attack. And thus the bandwidth of the website is wasted and the website is disconnected from the server and no one can visit the website anymore.

Backdoor/ Web Shell Attack

A web shell is malicious code, which a hacker can gain access to any website or system by uploading and defacing, including damaging the website. During a web shell attack, a hacker injects a malicious file into a directory on a target web server and then from their web browser Executes that file.

After launching a successful web shell attack, cybercriminals can gain access to sensitive areas, such as accessing a web site’s admin panel, or uploading malicious PHP code by exploiting a file-upload vulnerability. Then enter the admin panel of the system to upload or delete any file, destroy the entire website, remove all data or do web defacement.

A web shell attack has several stages: First, the attacker creates a Permanent System to gain access to the website by enabling remote access to the server. Then, they try to escalate the privileges, and use the backdoor to attack the hacked system, or use different data of its website for criminal activities. For example, the secret information of various Facebook users.

Creating new users via FTP

When hackers don’t get access via HTTP they try to gain access to the FTP server and create a new admin user. Hackers need FTP access to all sites to create an account outside of the WordPress admin environment. And cPanel Express is easily accessed through FTP access. And so creating new functions using your theme will create new user accounts. Or upload the webcell and get the express of the website/server easily.

MySQL/Database Attack

Anyone with cPanel access through Mysql database attack. In this case, if you go to the MySQL database, you can see many tables. Among these tables, various types of user data are available in the wp_users table.

Very easily any user’s username and password can be changed through md5 or a new user can be created through which the hacker gets access to the website.

functions.php Attack

There are two ways to do this, firstly by editing funtions.php through cPanel and secondly using an FTP client server to achieve this.

Hackers using cPanel will open the file manager and locate the active theme’s folder. From there he needs to go to the public_html/wp_content/themes folder and locate the theme. Then all he has to do is edit his functions.php to add the code before the closing tag and the hacking is done.

Hackers remove the code of functions.php file after the new account is created. In this way, the access of the server is easily taken by hackers.

Automated Website Attacks

Hackers don’t just attack websites. They create viruses and malware that they use to attack websites.

Once viruses and malware are injected, they can automatically attack any website.

Username and password theft / Leaked

Another common website attack is the theft of a username and password. Any hacker can gain access to the website by stealing the successful admin username and password.

The login username and password of the web site admin panel can be cracked in various ways. Or a user uses different Guess passwords. Many times, hackers gain access to the admin panel of any website through passwords leaked on the dark web.

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