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GoDaddy Doing its Part to Repel WordPress DDoS Attacks

Todd Redfoot, chief information security officer at GoDaddy, told eWEEK that he started to see an uptick in WordPress attacks in late February.

The attacks leverage the XML-RPC (Remote Procedure Call) "pingback" functionality in WordPress to launch DDoS attacks. XML-RPC is legitimately used within WordPress as a mechanism for content owners to do a pingback of posts. The pingback allows content owners to track where their content is getting linked.

Redfoot noted that GoDaddy put counter-measures in place in late February to mitigate the XML-RPC DDoS risk, but has seen another big spike in activity during the first two weeks of March.

Read the full story at eWEEK:
WordPress Feature Leveraged to Launch DDoS Attacks

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.