Spam prevention
Ambassador
2,641,637
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

I think they're always under attack, just a matter of scale.  I got rid of the "admin" account on my WP site years ago since that seems to be the one they most often try to hack through. 

Dec 19, 2017 08:38 AM
Rainmaker
1,504,861
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Who does this stuff? Never mind, it's the ruskies.

Dec 19, 2017 01:19 PM
Rainmaker
1,277,384
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Is there anything online that is truly secure these days?  Probably not.

Dec 19, 2017 09:22 AM
Rainmaker
1,024,102
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Dec 19, 2017 10:49 AM
Rainmaker
1,206,297
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Ugh! I was not aware of this issue, but it does not surprise me. 

Dec 19, 2017 09:36 AM
Ambassador
4,054,306
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Too bad the govt seems to be okay with all their hacking friends across the pond.

Dec 19, 2017 02:51 PM
Rainer
222,016
Caroline Gerardo
CMG Financial - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Sad that nothing is safe on the internet

Dec 19, 2017 01:18 PM
Rainmaker
423,717
Ann Nguyen
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Truckee, CA
Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale

My website is integrated with an IDX tool. I hope these cyber attacks won't mess with it. This is why I am making a backup of all my database, just to be sure that they won't go missing in a snap

Dec 19, 2017 12:49 PM
Ambassador
2,344,189
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    Batten down the hatches. 

Dec 19, 2017 12:45 PM
Ambassador
2,849,658
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I believe it is.  My password is A- not a word, B- so complicated I can't remember it.  I get notices that it's under attack daily.  So far so good and I'm going on 18 years.

Dec 19, 2017 12:17 PM
Rainmaker
1,210,729
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I got that email from Wordfence yesterday too.  Haven't had a chance to look into it yet.  Thanks for the reminder.

Dec 19, 2017 11:49 AM
Rainmaker
525,189
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

What a crazy world out there. One more hazard of modern society. Another reason for redundant backups.

Dec 19, 2017 10:26 AM
Rainmaker
2,763,264
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I read that.  My VPS hosting company assures me my site is safe.  Is anything ever really safe?  I do not believe so. 

Dec 19, 2017 09:50 AM
Rainmaker
2,972,845
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Wow! No idea this was happening, but I don't have a wordpress site. Will be interested in hearing what those who do have them have to say about this.

Dec 19, 2017 09:43 AM
Ambassador
1,611,213
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

WordPress has been through this before.

Dec 19, 2017 08:55 AM
Ambassador
3,913,667
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I believe so but checking in with my developer

Dec 19, 2017 08:09 AM
Rainmaker
692,342
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
WestUSA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Thank you for the update info. They obviously found a vulnerability. I'm not on a Wordpress platform.

Dec 19, 2017 07:56 AM
Rainmaker
3,166,173
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Have not used wordpress in a long time. Sorry to hear people are attacking those sites

Dec 19, 2017 07:52 AM
Ambassador
3,042,373
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

OUCH Jeff Pearl 

Dec 19, 2017 07:17 PM
Rainmaker
998,805
Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

Yes I have used Wordfence pro for years, I get notified of tried logins that fail, then I typically block that country.

Dec 19, 2017 01:24 PM
Rainmaker
2,941,290
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Well, i could never get mine up and running, got lost there and no response from them for help, so i guess, i am good

Dec 19, 2017 11:50 AM
Rainmaker
1,935,273
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Yikes, two real estate sites joomla powered, have private for fun wordpress one that is forfied for attacks. Thanks for the warning!

Dec 19, 2017 11:44 AM
Rainmaker
743,252
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The bot attacks are relentless and targeting every website, hosting service and ISP. 

Those websites hosting critical infrastructure controls are under such attack that if the public really knew what was taking place, we'd demand to see missiles in the air.

But lets talk about what really affects you. Do you know how much credit card companies write off annually due to fraudulent charges for what ever reason? Those dollars go predominately to N Korea and Russia.

And, illogically, we are placing INCREASING reliance on the Internet.

Dec 19, 2017 10:09 AM
Rainmaker
4,868,180
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

secure?   no..... 

Dec 19, 2017 10:01 AM
Rainmaker
724,099
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I have seen the "attacks"; my site seems secure.

Dec 20, 2017 11:39 AM
Rainmaker
4,796,451
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I hope so.

Dec 20, 2017 06:07 AM
Rainmaker
3,049,871
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Lyn Sims nailed this one!

Dec 20, 2017 05:47 AM
Rainmaker
1,477,506
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Wow, I did not know there are so many hackers over there. Is it a soft wear sort of? 

Dec 20, 2017 12:25 AM
Ambassador
3,981,938
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I was not aware and it is just one more of those bothersome things.

Dec 19, 2017 08:30 PM
Ambassador
3,184,632
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I'm with Bill (Liz and Bill Spear) - it seems like we're always under attack!

Dec 19, 2017 08:07 PM
Rainmaker
3,977,611
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

WEll, it shows that there is no safe sight

Dec 19, 2017 08:00 PM
Rainmaker
4,431,983
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Yes.

Dec 19, 2017 06:07 PM
Rainmaker
5,263,469
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing this information.

Dec 19, 2017 02:58 PM
Rainmaker
2,893,538
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Wow thanks for the heads up.

Dec 19, 2017 10:36 AM
Rainmaker
1,366,827
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jeff Pearl Wow! This is really suprising. Fortunately, I do not have a Wordpress site.

Dec 19, 2017 10:06 AM
Rainmaker
4,311,762
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Jeff,

Our site is not on WordPress.  Our clients are, however, they are secure as they rest on a private server that our web developer has.  We will ask him about it to rest easy this morning. A

Dec 19, 2017 09:55 AM
Ambassador
4,298,221
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Missed that one....

Jan 01, 2018 07:04 PM
Rainmaker
4,019,878
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have heard this often over the years, and have never had one.

Dec 22, 2017 10:32 AM
Rainmaker
1,521,221
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I shut down my Wordpress sites some time ago

Dec 21, 2017 03:11 PM