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Attacking Attackers to Protect a WordPress Website

I have previously demonstrated how to protect wp-admin and wp-login files in word-press website.
I wanted to do more. Something like: Attacking those attackers.

What Crashes Browsers?
What crashes applications is what hackers call: Buffer Overflow Exploit. Hackers use them to take control of applications/browsers to gain full system access later on. More about buffer-overflows here.
We are not interested to take control of the attacker’s system; Although that will be very ‘cool’ – maybe the next stage? 😉
We are more interested to stop them i.e: Crash their browsers, fuzzing and brute-force tools.

Amazingly I was able to reduce attacks from 4000~ to around 70 only!

What is happening behind the scenes?

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Lately this blog has been targeted by many attackers varying from brute force attacks to D-DOS. Although I couldn’t do much about DDOS (servers provider takes care of that), I was able to mitigate the brute forcing attacks on my wordpress. I’ve been using this trick for a while and it keeps bad guys away from my wp sensitive pages.

First let me share with you a snippet from my logs. (I know you love these 😛 )

Yep that is a 4167 attempts to penetrate wp-login.php form. Fortunately I know this was coming so after installation I simply created a filter using Apache .htaccess to filter out all connection to wp-login.php and wp-admin/ except the one coming from my IP address!

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