Domino Effect

Boats falling over like dominos

Domino Effect

The domino effect is a chain reaction that occurs when a small change causes a similar change nearby, which then causes another similar change, and so on in linear sequence. The term is best known as a mechanical effect, and is used as an analogy to a falling row of dominoes. It typically refers to a linked sequence of events where the time between successive events is relatively small. It can be used literally (an observed series of actual collisions) or metaphorically (causal linkages within systems such as global finance or politics) (from: Wikipedia: Domino Effect)


Happy newyear! (and a thought..)

Fireworks over a boat on the Loire river in Orléans


A year has gone by… how time flies!..

I started this blog back in August / September this year. I choose to use WordPress, because I like it’s concepts. It was never intended to be a “high profile” blog with huge amounts of traffic. No, I was very happy with the few visitors I had each day. So I was very surprised to see a huge rise in visitors about three weeks ago. What happened?

After a few days I decided to investigate. It was not difficult to see what was going on: I had (and I still have) hundreds of connections each day on one particular page: “wp-login.php”. Now that’s interesting! Every day a few hundred machines, probably part of a botnet, are trying to crack my admin password by brute-force.

I’m not too worried though, because I have a pretty strong password, but I decided to install a supplemental plugin called “Limit Login Attempts” to limit the connection rate of the bad guys. This way it should take them a few hundred years(!) to find my password according to statistical laws…

But all this made me think. I wonder how many small blogs, “abandoned” blogs or blogs with a low posting frequency are hacked without the owner knowing anything about it? Because it has become obvious to me that these kinds of “low profile websites” are ideal targets for hackers… Scary…!

Anyway: happy new year and blog safely!