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Abuse from BingBot – 2012

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Stardate errr, ummm, well 3/12/2012 (Monday.) Hopefully this will not persist… I have sent a message via the Bing.com  ‘feedback’ page. I have sent an email via a published bingbot email address. No response from Bing.com after ~15 hours… I have established a ‘503’ response for ALL Bingbot requests. Update 3/15/2012 Late in the day Continue reading →

WordPress security note – setup-config.php

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Limiting access to WordPress /wp-admin/* tools should be a standard approach; since there are so many installation scenarios this might not always be possible so some WordPress specific mod_security rules (see links below) may be more appropriate.  You may also want to consider some of the free WordPress security plugins.  Additional WordPress specific security-related suggestions/discussion Continue reading →

Reporting Network Abuse and/or Hacked Systems

Monday, September 26th, 2011

**Who Ya Gonna Call? Before we can figure out where to send network/system abuse reports to we need to understand who might actually be responsible, or, who might accept responsibility for the resource/network from whence  possible abuse is originating… With the slate of high profile reported system and network ‘hacks’ in 2011 you might think Continue reading →

Linux GeoIP Firewall via iptables (using ipset)

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

In a previous post using GeoIP data with xtables-addons was discussed. CAVEAT – GeoIP data changes constantly – if you implement such a solution then make sure that you also add some sort of auto-data-update process.  Also, GeoIP filtering does not provide any guarantee that a system from ‘filtered IP space’ cannot access your resource Continue reading →

WordPress-Php hacking via plugin: relocate-upload.php

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Do you check your Apache/Web-Server logs for errors?  Today I noted: ~700  potentially malicious web requests in ~ 4 hours (and all requests failing for various reasons.) the same/similar request came from 5 countries. potential malicious/compromised hosts: 7. This appears to be a scan for a WordPress (non-core) plugin written in ~2009 – which some Continue reading →

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