I have a wordpress site (fully patched) that used to receive many attempts to log in based on dictionary attacks. I changed my admin user to something uncommon and use a really strong password.
Apart of that I changed my login page using rename wp-login.php plugin. I changed my login url to something like http://foo.com/blog/?pencil. For years the bots failed to guess my login page (still having many 404s).
For the second time in a month. First time I had a failed attempt and changed url to http://foo.com/blog/?paper and didn't think much about it. Second time happened today. Exact events:
- Successful login from my employer office (via proxy) to http://foo.com/blog/?pencil at 18:00 from my company laptop.
- 2 failed attempts from 126.96.36.199 (report about the IP ), a IP from California, at 02:54am GMT (The server seems to be reported as hacked) using admin username (that btw doesn't exist in my wordpress)
- I changed password and url to http://foo.com/blog/?paper
- I enabled capturing of incoming passwords in log.
- Yesterday (11:10 am) I accessed to blog to correct an entry from my employer network (same proxy).
- Today at 11:55 1 failed attempt from 188.8.131.52 (Virus Total report about the IP), a russian IP with suspicious sites like vrn.sauna.ru (probably NSFW url). It used oscarfoley as username with no password (my username is not oscarfoley or similar)
I feel pretty secure as the bot has to guess the login page, the admin user and the pass. However, by reading this site I am a little bit paranoid. So my main question is:
How the bot has "guessed" the paper or pencil login page?
- Could be my employer proxy/network be compromised? (Like a hacker having access to proxy logs...)
- Could it be a broad dictionary attack (something like a boot scanning all wordpress servers in the internet to see if the login page is pencil)?.. or a exploit in wordpress?
- Is there anything more I should do to protect myself?
- Could it be a personal attack using public information on internet? Or a bot that uses public information for broad attacks?
- Why the empty password?
- How can I be sure I am not hacked? (Forget about this as it is pretty good answered in this question)
- Could be my laptop or my pc at home be hacked and got the url from it? My guess is no because otherwise they would have my password...