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Colin McDermott
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    2001 - 2004
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Human 5.5secs vs robot 3.25 secs

but robot had 4 arms!
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You may have heard about the recent 162k sites wide DDoS attack using the built in WordPress XML-RPC service, as reported by +Sucuri Inc.

Today I personally noticed a big increase in XML-RPC abuse on my server (see logs screenshot).

After fixing the issue, I thought I would document a few of the ways it's possible to protect WP from XML-RPC pingback abuse.

http://cm.org.uk/wordpress/how-to-protect-your-wordpress-blog-from-xml-rpc-pingback-abuse/

#WordPress   #Security  
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+Matt Cutts has an Amazing Tshirt in this video :)
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LastMinute.com Hit With Penalty – Lose Half Organic Visibility:

http://cm.org.uk/seo/lastminute-com-hit-with-penalty-lose-half-organic-visibility/
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Today I spotted my server was suffering from a little light xml-rpc abuse, so after fixing the issue I thought I would write a quick guide in case anyone might find it useful.

How To Protect WordPress from XML-RPC Pingback Abuse:

http://cm.org.uk/wordpress/how-to-protect-your-wordpress-blog-from-xml-rpc-pingback-abuse/
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+Mikel King ah that is an interesting idea, hadn't thought of that. For now I have just disabled Pingback specifically - seems to have dropped the abuse I was getting down to 0.
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UK Government Sites Hacked With Pharma Spam:

http://cm.org.uk/security/uk-government-sites-hacked-with-pharma-spam/
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LastMinute.com Hit With Penalty – Lose Half Organic Visibility:

http://cm.org.uk/seo/lastminute-com-hit-with-penalty-lose-half-organic-visibility/
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When Books Embody Books:

http://www.wiganlanebooks.co.uk/blog/interesting/when-books-embody-books/

Thanks for the invite to Needful Books +denise greenwood :)
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+Colin McDermott Fantastic artwork! I think I am torn between 1984 and Homer as my favourites. Thank you for posting such an entertaining piece :)
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