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I'm told there were 47183 failed login attempts since the last successful login.

  • Posted February 6, 2015

I logged in today and saw “There were 47183 failed login attempts since the last successful login.”

What precautions should I be taking?

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Bump this up. I also just saw a client’s vps has 116097 failed login attempts since the last successful login.

This does appear like a hacker trying to break into D.O. boxes, as there appear to be several similar threads in this same forum.

Edit: Seem to mostly be those with port 22 open. I would ensure you have the latest Open SSL packages, with remote password-login for root disabled (only use pubkey authentication, with a password). If possible, white-list 22 port to known IP addresses using your firewall.


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I disabled my root account and made another account with root privileges, and the problem has been fixed.

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switch your ssh port to something non standard like 2222 problem gone. It’s just robots.

Make sure you are using a strong password on each of your accounts, and preferably use SSH key authentication (and force it to be used, by disabling password authentication) for communicating with your droplet.