WordPress is one of the most popular website content management systems available, it powers millions of websites around the world. Consequently due to its overwhelming popularity, it is one of the most targeted CMS’s.
The majority of WordPress website hacks are carried out by automated scripts, trawling the internet for websites susceptible to various vulnerabilities in the WordPress core, or more often an outdated plugin or theme.
What makes WordPress a popular target?
The open nature of WordPress makes it a prime target. While the core of WordPress is well maintained and often receives security updates the same can’t be said for the hundreds and thousands of third party plugins and themes available for WordPress websites. Many age and for whatever reason are no longer updated or maintained by the developer.