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Hackers of the Week 28Jan–4Feb 2019

I don’t get a whole lot of traffic on my site compared to, say, a mommy-blogger or Chef John or someone who’s very active on Pinterest. But over the past 7 days GKG has still been attacked almost 500 times by wannabe hackers.

I say ‘wannabe’ because they weren’t successful, because yay for site security, but still. Almost 500 attacks, most of which were brute force attacks – that’s when some idiot hacker-type uses software to trial-and-error multiple username and password combinations in hopes of getting lucky. It’s one of the most common ways to try to gain access to a website because it’s one of the easiest, the software does all the work. You may have also heard this called a ‘dictionary attack’.

Anyway, I’ve been getting enough of these attacks that Google thought my site was spamming me due to all the blocked-attempt notifications. And that got me to thinking that maybe instead of just randomly mocking the idiot hackers, I should also be sharing their IP info so that other people can preemptively block them. Reverse hack attack! So here is the list for the past week, with a few extras from the past 30 days thrown in for good measure.*

Hackers To Block

IP Address
of Idiot Hacker
Country
of Origin
Attempts
Made
1.9.124.208 Malaysia 367
37.189.78.6 Portugal 366
90.95.67.248 Romania 363
89.229.190.198 Poland 361
178.221.132.18 Serbia 258
178.222.140.46 Serbia 98

Most Common Username Guesses

  • gothkittygazette_admin
  • admingothkittygazette
  • gothkittygazettenet
  • gothkittygazetteadmin

Weirdest Username Guesses

  • lisaallchristiancruises-com
  • dexter
  • prueba
  • magico
  • schatzi
  • garak
  • 0x1999
  • roottn
  • teste

* No, this would only be doxing if I looked up the IPs and then shared the registered physical addresses – which are probably either fake, stolen, or for a private-IP registration company.

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