2021-10-13 Wordpress brute force attacks 6 days ago
The wordpress blog software is a popular target for attacks. I normally have fail2ban running with some rules to detect bad things on sites behind haproxy but due to some other work on the firewall rules I had fail2ban temporarily disabled. Someone/something at IP address 126.96.36.199 (A Microsoft-managed IPv4 address) noticed this and fired off a brute force script which ended up making 521525 attempts at logging in, none of which worked. It was stopped when I enabled fail2ban again. The first indication of interesting amounts of things happening was that the disc i/o led of the server was blinking a lot. The second indication was the high amount of traffic seen for the specific backend in haproxy. Later I also discovered the actual power use of the server was higher.