New in version 2.0.0.

The bots that try to brute-force WordPress logins aren’t that clever (no doubt that will change), but they may only make one request per IP every few hours in an attempt to avoid things like fail2ban. With large botnets this can still create significant load.

Based on a suggestion from @jmadea, WPf2b now allows you to specify a regex that will shortcut the login process if the requested username matches.

For example, putting the following in wp-config.php:

define('WP_FAIL2BAN_BLOCKED_USERS', '^admin$');

will block any attempt to log in as admin before most of the core WordPress code is run. Unless you go crazy with it, a regex is usually cheaper than a call to the database so this should help keep things running during an attack.

WPf2b doesn’t do anything to the regex other than make it case-insensitive.

If you’re running PHP 7, you can now specify an array of users instead:

define('WP_FAIL2BAN_BLOCKED_USERS', ['admin', 'another', 'user']);