Alert from Hacker News: Some Outdated WordPress Blogs Used in DDOS Attacks

In the past we have reported about many such cyber attacks, where attackers hacked into the WordPress blogs using password brute-force attack or they used the PINGBACK vulnerability in older versions of WordPress without compromising the server.

WordPress has a built in functionality called Pingback, which allows anyone to initiate a request from WordPress to an arbitrary site and it can be used for a single machine to originate millions of requests from multiple locations.

We have seen more than 100,000 IP addresses involved in the recent DDOS attack and the victim’s Forum website received more than 40,000 requests in 7 minutes from different WordPress blogs and IP addresses.

http://thehackernews.com/2013/12/ddos-attacks-originated-from-thousands.html

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12-year-old admits to hacking major government websites for Anonymous

A 12-year-old Canadian boy has pleaded guilty to three charges of hacking government websites under the affiliation of ‘hacktavist’ initiative Anonymous.

A court heard on Thursday how the fifth grader – from the Montreal suburb of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce – wreaked computer havoc during the Quebec student uprising in 2012, with some sites out of service for two days.

He has pleaded guilty to three charges related to hacking websites that included those of Montreal police, the Quebec Institute of Public Health, the Chilean government and some non-public sites.

The attacks took some of the sites offline for up to two days, at what police estimated as a cost of $60,000 in damages.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2477746/Fifth-grader-just-12-years-old-admits-charges-major-hacking-targeting-government-websites.html#ixzz2j1rHVB00