As reported by one of our community members, Mark Root-Wiley, it seems that Dreamhost has been having a bit of trouble in the last few days with some brute force attacks that have slammed their servers and hosting:
Our admin team is continuing to roll out the fix and monitoring where needed. They are confident the source of the connectivity issues are due to large-scale brute force attacks to wp-login pages. These attacks are overloading affected servers and the fix being applied will limit the rate these attacks are hitting wp-login pages.
In addition to the fix that’s being applied everywhere, we’re also mitigating the attack by blocking IP addresses all around our data centers. We’ll update you all with any further updates as soon as we have them.
The issue, as mentioned, was that the attacks were geared toward WordPress-powered sites. Are the attacks done? Did you experience some downtime with Dreamhost?
It seems that things have stabilized and back to normal at this time. Are there any other major hosting providers that are getting targeted?
Maybe it’s time to get some secure WordPress managed hosting.