A Reminder Why WordPress Updates Are Critical

On September 3rd Fibropreneur.com was hit with a dedicated denial of service (DDoS) attack. The attack caused periodic connection errors for anyone visiting the Fibropreneur and LuvCherie Jewelry websites. Early Thursday morning this site went offline completely. If you already follow on social media, you probably saw a post similar to the one below:

If not, now’s a great time to start following (on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)! The attack stopped a few hours after going offline and appears to be over now.

My webhost does not believe this was a targeted attack, but rather an attempt to exploit particular known WordPress vulnerabilities. The hack failed because this site had the most recent WordPress update installed, which fixed those vulnerabilities. If you have a WordPress website, please go update your site to WordPress 4.0 “Benny” right now (released yesterday) or verify that your web designer has completed the update! Make sure all plugins are updated too! Please use this as a reminder of why it’s so critical to keep your WordPress website updated.


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