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The 5 most common WordPress Attacks

Malware

Malware is a general term that describes any malicious program or code that is harmful to systems. A hacked WordPress means that website files has been infected. With this way the hacker it gains unauthorized access to the website's sensitive data.

Brute Force Attacks

Brute Force Attack is a hacking method which utilizes automated software to send a large number of requests to the target system. With each request, these software attempts to guess the information needed to gain access, like passwords or pin codes.

File Inclusion Exploits

File Inclusion exploits use vulnerable php code to call remote files to gain ultimately access to your website files. More accurately to your wp-config, one of the most sensitive files in your WordPress installation.

SQL Injections

SQL injection is a code injection technique, used to attack your WordPress database, in which nefarious SQL statements are inserted into an entry field for execution (e.g. to dump the database contents to the attacker). With this way the attacker can gain access to your database or it can insert links to malicious or spam websites.

Cross-site Scripting (XSS)

The principle of WordPress XSS Attack is basically to allow an attacker to execute potentially malicious script code in website visitor’s browser, for example by posting a message in a forum that redirects the user to a fake site ( phishing ) or stealing information (cookies ). The main purpose of this attack is to steal the identity data of another user and other information. In most cases, this attack is used to steal the other person’s cookies.