xmlrpc.php causing high load in server

In cPanel, Plesk and DirectAdmin servers that have WordPress websites, high server load is sometimes reported with “xmlrpc.php” showing up as the top CPU hog. xmlrpc.php is a file in WordPress websites used for remote publishing and ping-back tracking. Botnets target this file to initiate brute force attacks to gain control of the targeted website. This causes high load in the server.

in .htaccess

# BEGIN protect xmlrpc.php
<files xmlrpc.php>
order allow,deny
deny from all
# END protect xmlrpc.php

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