5 Hacking Cases That Prove You Should Never Share Your WordPress Login

Securing your WordPress site has never been as important as it is today as more and more websites are created.

One major risk is linked to sharing the login details of your WordPress site panel.

In the following part, let’s discuss five real-life hacking cases that will show the extent of the consequences of such actions, which proves the importance of not sharing your login information with anyone.

 

1. The Infamous Panama Papers Leak

The Panama Papers leak was one of the biggest scandals in the global financial industry in 2016, which exposed the offshore business of many big personalities. The leak originated from a hacked WordPress site.

Thieves managed to get access to the panel data of the site and used the vulnerabilities in the old plugins to steal over 11. 5 million documents. This case clearly demonstrates the severity of the consequences of unauthorized access to the site’s information that has led to legal and financial consequences on an international level.

Key Takeaway:

WordPress should always be updated and never should the panel credentials be given to anyone even if they are trusted individuals.

 

2. The Target Data Breach

Target Corporation was one of the biggest retail stores that suffered a major data breach in the year 2013. Even though these are not WordPress specific, the methods employed by hackers are similar to those in common use.

This was through a third party vendor who had their credentials compromised and as a result 40 million credit card details were stolen. If such a breach can happen at a large firm through stolen usernames and passwords, then it shows that any WordPress site proprietor is vulnerable.

Key Takeaway:

The access should be restricted and regulated to third parties. Do not give your site panel details to vendors or contractors unless it is extremely necessary to do so.

 

 

3. The Equifax Breach

Equifax breach in 2017 involved 147 million people and was due to a flaw in the web application framework. While not specifically a WordPress problem, it does illustrate the possible results of hackers attacking known vulnerabilities. Sometimes, such incidents originate from the violation of user login details.

Key Takeaway:

Keep your WordPress site and all the plugins used updated as this helps in fixing known vulnerabilities. Limit the availability of your site panel and possibly use one of the most well-known VPN providers to hide your IP address to minimize risks.

 

4. The Ashley Madison Hack

In 2015, millions of users’ data of an infidelity website, Ashley Madison, were leaked and this caused major social and personal impacts. The attack happened because of the poor security measures and account details that are easy to guess. This incident goes to show that password policies and restriction of access to the WordPress panel should be tight.

Key Takeaway:

Use and/or create a set of secure passwords for your WordPress site and ensure that you change them often. Do not share them to ensure that only the intended people get to see them.

 

5. The Sony Pictures Hack

Sony Pictures Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation, was hacked in 2014 and emails, new movies, and employees’ information were stolen. It also noted that the breach was as a result of spear-phishing attacks which targeted and obtained the login credentials. This case shows that even the most complex and planned attacks can start with the theft of login credentials.

Key Takeaway:

Make sure you and your team is aware of phishing attacks and other social engineering tricks. One of the best practices to follow is to limit the access to your WordPress site panel.

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