Today I’m working on a WordPress site that’s running a plugin that tracks all the 404 errors on the site. A 404 error occurs when someone types in a website address that doesn’t work. Maybe the page was taken down or maybe the URL changed. That’s all pretty common. However I was shocked when I saw what the plugin was recording.
There over 20 pages like this. These aren’t people looking for website pages that are no longer there. These are hacking systems trolling this website for vulnerabilities. They’re looking for old WordPress plugins, old versions of PHP and who knows what else.
It’s important that you know this website was NOT hacked. That’s the good news. The bad news is that there are a lot of bad people out there on the web.