Have you ever heard the term "denial-of-service?" Sometimes it's abbreviated as DoS, or DDoS, which means "distributed denial-of-service." Basically, it's a type of cyberattack that uses massive amounts of computer generated traffic to clog up and crash Web services.
It's almost as if somebody convinced a million customers to show up to the same restaurant at exactly the same time. The restaurant wouldn't be able to handle that many people at once - let alone legitimate paying customers like you and me. Except with DDoS attacks, nobody needs to be convinced of anything - hackers can simply program computers to do it.
These kinds of attacks happen all the time. What's significant about this particular attack is how the hackers did it. They exploited 162,000 WordPress sites into flooding an unspecified site with traffic.
WordPress is a Web service that provides simple, customizable framework for everything from personal blogs to huge Websites. Did you know you're using a WordPress site right this instant?
That's right! The all-new Komando.com uses WordPress. Don't worry, my site wasn't used in this attack. I fixed my website so it couldn't be tricked into participating. If you have a WordPress site or blog, you can find out whether you were hit at Sucuri Labs' site.
In fact, Sucuri Labs discovered this attack and prevented it from being worse. Click here to read all about it and find out how to protect your WordPress site or blog.