Joomla! Help Support Warrington Cheshire Manchester Merseyside UK14 November 2022.

The recent publication by Hacker News that more than 15,000 Wordpress websites having been compromised in a malicious SEO campaign by hackers should serve as a warning to users of all Content Management Systems, the Joomla! CMS included.

The fact that open source content management systems are widely used across the globe makes them a big fat juicy target for hackers.

Reports suggest the most likely attack vector was the use of brute force to log into the website Dashboard.

The Hacker News recommend that Wordpress website owners:

  • add Two-factor Authentication to their website control panel (or dashboard), and
  • check they are using the latest version of Wordpress ans its extensions (or addons)

to reduce the risk of their website being compromised in this way.

Source: The Hacker News.

Read more: Over 15,000 WordPress Sites Compromised in Malicious SEO Campaign.

 

What can you Joomla! CMS users do to protect their website?

Inclusion of Multi-factor Authentication in the Joomla! 5 CMS (first introduced with Joomla! 4) is a useful initiative by The Joomla! Project.

Using one of the available plugins with your website is now made relatively straightforward.

Read more: Multi-factor Authentication.

You should also password protect your website's Administrator directory.

This can be achieved via the Hosting Control Panel included with your Hosting Account.

Example: cPanel users can enable Directory Privacy via the Files panel of the cPanel Dashboard.

Read more: cPanel Dashboard.

Be bold, add a Web Application Firewall to your website.

Akeeba Admin Tools PRO supports password protection and the use of a secret URL to cloak your website's Administrator directory URL.

It also includes a host of other security enhancements.

Read more: Web Application Firewall.

 

About The Hacker News

"The Hacker News (THN) is a leading, trusted, widely-acknowledged dedicated cybersecurity news platform, attracting over 8 million monthly readers including IT professionals, researchers, hackers, technologists, and enthusiasts."

Subscribe to The Hacker News newsletter when you visit the following link.

And keep up to speed with the latest security threats affecting your Operating System, Web Browser and Website.

Read more: About 'The Hacker News' Media.

 

Make Joomla! CMS Security your #1 Priority

Joomla! Help Support Warrington Cheshire Manchester Merseyside UKWe offer Joomla! coaching, help and support to businesses and organisations across Cheshire, Manchester, Merseyside, North West England & the UK.

Learn how to manage Joomla! website security.

Joomla! Help Support Warrington Cheshire Manchester Merseyside UK14 November 2022.

The recent publication by Hacker News that more than 15,000 Wordpress websites having been compromised in a malicious SEO campaign by hackers should serve as a warning to users of all Content Management Systems, the Joomla! CMS included.

The fact that open source content management systems are widely used across the globe makes them a big fat juicy target for hackers.

Reports suggest the most likely attack vector was the use of brute force to log into the website Dashboard.

The Hacker News recommend that Wordpress website owners:

  • add Two-factor Authentication to their website control panel (or dashboard), and
  • check they are using the latest version of Wordpress ans its extensions (or addons)

to reduce the risk of their website being compromised in this way.

Source: The Hacker News.

Read more: Over 15,000 WordPress Sites Compromised in Malicious SEO Campaign.

 

What can you Joomla! CMS users do to protect their website?

Inclusion of Multi-factor Authentication in the Joomla! 5 CMS (first introduced with Joomla! 4) is a useful initiative by The Joomla! Project.

Using one of the available plugins with your website is now made relatively straightforward.

Read more: Multi-factor Authentication.

You should also password protect your website's Administrator directory.

This can be achieved via the Hosting Control Panel included with your Hosting Account.

Example: cPanel users can enable Directory Privacy via the Files panel of the cPanel Dashboard.

Read more: cPanel Dashboard.

Be bold, add a Web Application Firewall to your website.

Akeeba Admin Tools PRO supports password protection and the use of a secret URL to cloak your website's Administrator directory URL.

It also includes a host of other security enhancements.

Read more: Web Application Firewall.

 

About The Hacker News

"The Hacker News (THN) is a leading, trusted, widely-acknowledged dedicated cybersecurity news platform, attracting over 8 million monthly readers including IT professionals, researchers, hackers, technologists, and enthusiasts."

Subscribe to The Hacker News newsletter when you visit the following link.

And keep up to speed with the latest security threats affecting your Operating System, Web Browser and Website.

Read more: About 'The Hacker News' Media.

 

Make Joomla! CMS Security your #1 Priority

Joomla! Help Support Warrington Cheshire Manchester Merseyside UKWe offer Joomla! coaching, help and support to businesses and organisations across Cheshire, Manchester, Merseyside, North West England & the UK.

Learn how to manage Joomla! website security.