If you are one of the WordPress blog or website owners you probably heard of common WordPress attacks, and you definitely want to protect your website from that. Before that, you would need to know what are the common types of attacks on WordPress websites.

What is the most popular website building platform in the world? As you already know, It’s WordPress. WordPress owns 35% of the web share in 2020 and still, it continues to grow. WordPress is not only popular among web designers. Unfortunately, It gets more attraction from website hackers and attackers too.

WordPress is an open-source platform which means anybody can contribute to its core functionalities. That is one of the main reasons why it has become the world’s most famous website building platform since 2003. Learning deep

In this article, we’ll consider what are the most common types of WordPress attacks, threats. Let’s go!

Brute-force attack

A brute-force attack is multiple login attempts using a powerful automated program or an algorithm with a list, included thousands of guessed user names and passwords. There is an obvious chance of attacking your website if you use a simple password and default username although this is one of the basic types of attacks on a WordPress website.

Cross-Site Scripting

Cross-Site Scripting Also known as XSS is injecting silently running malicious javascript (browser side script) to steal data from the user’s web browser. For each visit to the website, the malicious script is activated. website Browser cant identify these scripts cannot be trusted and it starts executing.

This type of script can steal browser cookie data, Session token or some script rewrites HTML content of your web pages. If attackers find any vulnerability in the WordPress plugin or theme. They start exploiting.

SQL Injections

All WordPress websites use MySQL databases. All your data is stored in that database including login details and passwords. If there is any possibility of accessing directly to your database. They can easily create another user account with administrator rights and do any changes to your website. Also, they’ll steal any of your data. Sadly they can remove your admin account too. Attackers can do this by submitting a harmful code through a user input of your website.

File Inclusion Exploits

When attacker finds a vulnerable piece of code in your WordPress website such functions that have a weak user input validation to load a malicious file which can give them the access to the website. This might allow attackers to get sensitive information, access configuration files, or even execute system commands.

Core WordPress Vulnerabilities

As an opensource platform, anyone can obtain the source code of WordPress. That is the main reason for the popularity of WordPress. But this is also a reason to get more attention from attackers.

They are so many WordPress updates because when developers find any vulnerability they fix it immediately. That’s why you should always update your WordPress version.

Creating Backdoors

Creating a Backdoor is a way that attackers can bypass the usual WordPress Login and access your website when they want, So they can place any malicious code.

Although a developer can notice such a malicious code running on your website and removing it, the backdoor will still open for the attacker who created it.


Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) is the enhancement of Denial of Service (DoS). DDoS attacks are most frequently carried out a large volume of requests to a web server which makes it slow and causing a crash. 

In simple terms, this is a large amount of traffic to a website at once until the webserver gets overloaded.


Although the platform security is constantly improving, WordPress phishing remains one of the most common and simple ways that hackers have access to sensitive information of users.

Phishing attempts typically show you a target to give personal information, Button to download malware, or visit a spammy website.

This data can be valuable information, such as login usernames, email or password, credit card details, or even personal data.

Final Thoughts!

There is nothing 100% secure on the internet. But there are plenty of solutions you can take to protect your WordPress Blog or website. If you are currently managing a website made with WordPress you should definitely love to read this: Free and Simple Tips to Boost your WordPress Blog Security.

Always think of the security of your WordPress Blog or Website although it seems there’s nothing an attacker gets from. Your Small commitment will protect your future WordPress Blog empire.

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Hi! I’m Dimuthu Freelance Web Designer, Developer, Creative Graphic Designer, Digital Marketer & Successful Blogger. Hire me! if you need any support.


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