There has been a good deal of chatter around the internet of late regarding a brute force attack on WordPress. Are you experiencing this? Do you know what it means? Maybe you are just having site problems and haven’t figured out what’s wrong yet. Regardless, there’s a shiny new resource for you!
Take a breath for a moment, you can work through this! As Mika (Ipstenu) states over on the WordPress forums, brute force attacks happen to anyone. They are not specific to WordPress, it’s just that WordPress sites are so popular that hackers may try to target them as a group in hopes of finding some weaknesses. I use the limit login attempts plugin myself (and I do recommend it) to try to cope with brute force attacks. It is doing it’s job, but checking my records, I normally have a couple hundred listings for a month – currently my listing are up in the thousands. That’s crazy!
Now for the news you need. Ipstenu started a great article in the codex. It has plenty of good info in there to get you going, and it will continually be improved by anyone with important information – that’s how the codex works! Give that a read and get things locked down appropriately. If you’ve already got problems happening, let’s try to mitigate that. If your server is so locked up you can’t even get in, well then contact your host. It’s their job to help you out in situations like this!