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Automattic Announces BruteProtect Acquisition

    August 26, 2014
    Chris Crum
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Automattic, the company that runs WordPress, announced that it has acuiqred BruteProtect, which makes a plugin and service for protecting sites from malicious logins, and saves server resources to help sites run faster.

The plugin, according to the company, also keeps sites on the latest versions of WordPress core, plugins, and themes, lending to better security.

While the plugin and service are already available, Automattic says it it will build their functionality into Jetpack, and retire them. The company says in a blog post:

Though Automattic is known for its consumer-facing services like WordPress.com and Jetpack, the infrastructure behind them is the bottom part of the iceberg. Taking services to web-scale is another one of Automattic’s specialties, whether it’s the 8 billion Gravatars we serve every day, the Simperium sync service, or the countless spam that Akismet has blocked (and time it has saved).

This is internet plumbing: when it works it’s completely invisible, and we love that. We’re now pushing 450 terabytes of data a day from 9 datacenters around the globe.

BruteProtect says its solution has been installed on nearly 110,000 sites and has defended against over 140 million brute force attacks.

Image via BruteProtect