South African WordPress websites under attack

Due to the recent negative publicity South Africa has been under, several South African websites with outdated CMS systems have come under attack from hacker organisations trying to raise awareness about the abuse on foreigners human rights. Don’t become a statistic, if you invest a little time into securing your site, you won’t have to deal with the fallout of being hacked (data being stolen, loss of business, etc).

Update your website

It is important to make sure that your site, including all plugins and themes are up to date (as well as all plugins or themes you bought through websites such as ThemeForest). There have been vulnerabilities recently found in several WordPress plugins, as well as a vulnerability found in WordPress itself two days ago (if you aren’t running WordPress 4.1.2, make sure to update as soon as possible).

Look into how secure your site is

There are several measure you can take to reinforce security on your site, change your password to a more secure version, make sure you have a reputable anti-virus software installed on all your devices, you can read more tips here.

Back up your site

Also make sure you have taken backups of your site, and have saved a backup off-site in order to minimise down-time, should you come under attack.

If you are unsure whether your site has been hacked you can use online scanners, such as VirusTotal.com, to scan your site. These online scanners check your site against online blacklists, website scanners and anti-virus programs and enabling the identifies viruses, worms, trojans and other kinds of malicious content.

We offer a service where we will update, backup and secure your site for you. We also can help if your WordPress site has been hacked. You can contact us if you are unsure about anything or would like to know more.

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