Hackers Gained Root-Access To WordPress.com Servers

Posted Apr 13, 2011

Hackers have gained root-access to several WordPress.com servers this morning. Some of the VIP customers’ source code was accessible by the hackers. WordPress.com VIP customers were alerted a “code red” and passwords/API keys were changed.

Here is a statement from the company:

?Tough note to communicate today: Automattic had a low-level (root) break-in to several of our servers, and potentially anything on those servers could have been revealed.

We have been diligently reviewing logs and records about the break-in to determine the extent of the information exposed, and re-securing avenues used to gain access. We presume our source code was exposed and copied. While much of our code is Open Source, there are sensitive bits of our and our partners? code. Beyond that, however, it appears information disclosed was limited.?

WordPress.com parent company Automattic said that the investigation about the hackers is on-going. WordPress.com has about 18 million publishers and sees about 300 million unique visitors per month.