Is it malicious? 404 Notifier suddenly resulting in > 400 emails (4 posts)

  1. Lins
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi all... I'd love some thoughts from those who have more experience than I do...

    I installed 404 Notifier plugin on a small client's site maybe a year ago(?) and over the past few weeks only, have noticed a significant number of emails from the plugin. It almost looks like a bot or a hacker is "fishing" for an entry to the site... but the URLs it was coming up with were not correct until now.

    (Eg. it came up with URLs such as: http://hazelwoodinteriors.ca/myadmin/scripts/setup.php -- which look like it's trying to find a way to gain access but it wasn't using a wordpress url?)

    This evening, I've gotten at least 400 emails from the 404 Notifier, all of them are the same:

    404 Report - a file not found error was registered on your site.

    404 URL: http://hazelwoodinteriors.ca/wp-admin/

    Referred by:

    User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; bingbot/2.0; +http://www.bing.com/bingbot.htm)

    What's happening? Is this from Bing's bots for some reason? It seems almost like a brute force thing to me, but that's not a very educated guess!

    If it looks malicious, what's your best advice for dealing with it? I'm not sure if it's gaining entrance, so am reluctant to change passwords or anything....

    I will backup & update everything but this is a late-night issue that I have very little time to deal with. I have the Login Lockdown plugin on the login screen, but I doubt that helps when it comes to a software invasion?

    Huge thanks in advance!

  2. Lins
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Oh - and using Exploit Scanner plugin brought up hundreds of "potential" issues... but I noticed a vimeo link that seems to be embedded in my online backup file? http://player.vimeo.com/video/31100268\
    Google it, it says its a SOPA video....

    Any ideas would be awesome.


  3. Krishna
    Posted 3 years ago #

    @Lins, I don't find anything malicious for your URL (if it is http://hazelwoodinteriors.ca). You may reinstall a fresh copy of the notifier plugin and see if the reported behavior changes.

  4. Lins
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks for taking a look @Krishna. I ended up with over 1,500 emails from the plugin last night before I decided to switch to rss notifications. So strange.

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