What Happened During the GoDaddy WordPress Breach

GoDaddy is a trusted domain name sales agent and web host. Unfortunately, they are also vulnerable to cyber attacks like the GoDaddy WordPress Breach. This might leave you wondering what exactly happened and how things went so wrong.

Here’s What Happened

Over two and a half months, hackers had access to sensitive data. They stole around one million logins and passwords to managed WordPress websites and about the same amount of security keys. Both individuals and resellers were exposed in this breach.

GoDaddy made the grievous error of storing passwords in text format and was very slow to detect the breach.

Although GoDaddy tried to mitigate the breach, there were millions of consumers whose data was exposed. They are currently in the process of identifying and rectifying the damage.

How You Can Help Yourself

If you think the breach might have included you or your business, there are a few things that you can do. 

  • Scan your website with a malware and antivirus scanner
  • Change all of your passwords and logins
  • Remove any malware, spyware and viruses
  • Get a new secure socket layer (SSL) certificate
  • Inform your website users of anything you find in the scans

Although things like the GoDaddy WordPress breach occasionally happen, you can protect yourself and your customers by being vigilant and using antivirus and antimalware programs.