WordPress.com suffers hacker attack – how to change your password

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Millions of blog owners around the world are being advised to consider their password security, after WordPress.com was hacked.

To its credit, Automattic – the company behind the WordPress.com blogging platform – didn’t mince its words or try to apply any spin to the incident, explaining it had suffered a “low-level (root) break-in to several of [its] servers, and potentially anything on those servers could have been revealed.”

Automattic’s Matt Mullenweg wrote:

We have been diligently reviewing logs and records about the break-in to determine the extent of the information exposed, and re-securing avenues used to gain access. We presume our source code was exposed and copied. While much of our code is Open…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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