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I tried to login into a cpanel account that hasn't been accessed for a few months and discovered that my login details no longer worked. When I reset the password and gained access into my domains control panel, my email password also didn't work. Upon that first attempt I was given a message reading "Brute force attempt..."

So, does cpanel keep a list of logins? or login attempts?

Thanks for any help!

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I know this is an old topic but for future readers, check


That log shows a list of failed login attempts and deferred login attempts.

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Confirmed on my VPS. Thanks for the tip! –  Royce Williams Jan 8 '12 at 16:23
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check under /usr/local/cpanel/logs/access_log

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But logs file shows all connections, what do you search in it to find out login attempts? –  Marco Demaio Aug 19 '10 at 13:15
@Marco Demaio you should grep the log for logins like user@domain.tld –  Mr Shunz Aug 20 '10 at 9:36
it works I searched for the user name that can login. Interesting, thanks! But what about the login attempts jeff is asking for? How do I look for login attempt that maybe failed? –  Marco Demaio Aug 20 '10 at 15:55
@Marco Demaio actually there's another logfile: /usr/local/cpanel/logs/login_log which contains all auth attempts, you can find something like this: X.X.X.X - [06/18/2010:20:48:43 -0000] "POST /login/ HTTP/1.1" FAILED LOGIN webmaild: user name not specified or invalid user –  Mr Shunz Aug 21 '10 at 9:07
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