WordPress  Newsletter #24

WP News: 39 percent less brute force attacks at Mai & new photo licenses at Unsplash

Last week, the long-awaited WordPress update 4.8, aka Evans, was released. Also, the team at Wordfence released the WordPress Attack Report for Mai. And a change in Unsplash.com's photo licenses is causing uncertainty.

WordPress Attack Report for May

In his WordPress Attack Report the team of Wordfence reports monthly the results of its security analyses. According to the report, the average number of daily brute force attacks in Mai is about 22 million - that is almost 39 percent less attacks than in March and April. According to Wordfence , the reason for the sharp decline isa botnet that hasbecome inactive and has been driving more attacks on WordPress sites in recent weeks. The maximum number of daily brute force attacks at Mai was also a good 16 million lower than in the previous month, at just over 30 million.

The number of so-called complex attacks, i.e. exploits of security vulnerabilities in Plugins and Themes, also decreased by a good 6 percent. The countries with the most attacking IPs in May were Russia, Ukraine and the USA. Since the measured data only refers to WP sites using the Wordfence Plugin , it is only a rough approximation. However, with over 2 million active installations, this approximate value stands on a very broad basis.

Unsplash.com changes photo licenses

The photo platform Unsplash.com, which has become known for its high-resolution images under CC0 licenses, has changed its licensing terms. Since numerous WordPress users and theme developers use photos from Unsplash, the license change caused concern in the community. However, according to Unsplash co-founder Luke Chesser, the concerns are unfounded, as there will continue to be no restrictions on the use of individual images.

WordPress runs under the GNU General Public License (GPL), which is often used for open source WordPress projects. Unsplash's old license was compliant with the GPL guidelines. The new license, on the other hand, now prohibits the use of the images to provide an Unsplash-like service. This restriction is, at least theoretically, not compatible with GPL.

More news at a glance

WordPress 4.8 aka Evans
Last week the long awaited WordPress update 4.8 was released. It is called Evans and brings some new features. As Raidboxes-customer you can now easily update your pages via Dashboard .

WordCamp exclusively for publishers
This summer, the first WordCamp exclusively for WP publishers will take place in the USA. More than half of the 230 tickets have already been sold.

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