i connected with a technician a few days ago about this problem
i have since done the following:
1 uninstalled the plugin
2 emptied the tables in mysql of the logs and ip blocks - i have copies of these on my local computer
3 i have reinstalled the core files of wordpress manually (latest version) except for wp-contents
Defender has been compromised and I am not sure how...
can you please advise how to clean the files - i suspect the wp-contents folder has been compromised but i am unable to find any files that are different to the originals i also can see that my whitelisted ip address has also been blocked specifically because it was listed as a whitelist.
currently i have installed wordfence as a backup.
urgently need help with this.