Hackers gain root access to WordPress servers


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Automattic, the folks behind WordPress, suffered another blow to its security this week after a hacker gained access to servers containing sensitive company and user data. In a blog post yesterday, President Matt Mullenweg described the breach as a "low-level (root) break-in)" that would have given the attacker access to "potentially anything" on several of Automattic's servers.

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Why can't the people that control the internet, implement something like this:

An uber-smart "switch" that detects DDoS attacks against websites via traffic/protocol analysis, and automatically cuts off the attackers simply by closing their connections.

How hard would that be? Honestly...


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there is already sufficient hardware and software solutions, I dont think many companies will upgrade to the latest and greatest of technology though, due to the cost factors and stability and reliability .etc.


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Really sad to see this - somebody's blog must have started a riot in China, perhaps one about time travel? ;)

Per Hansson

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vicenarian; DDoS is not easy to control at the hardware layer.
What a DDoS is is just millions of hosts asking for a specific webpage at the same time.

To an untrained system admin it will just look like the "Slashdot Effect"
That is when a smaller site gets linked from a much larger site and succumbs due to the sudden increase in traffic from said site (Been there, got the T-Shirt and all :D)

And infact a well done DDoS attack will be impossible to filter, if the users (probably part of a botnet, or not in the case of the software LOIC willing participants) do a good job their traffic will indeed be just like the normal HTTP traffic your servers serves daily...