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Large Scale Attack Campaign Targets Database Credentials

This entry was posted in General Security, Research, WordPress Security on June 03, 2020 by Ram Gall   12 Replies

Between May 29 and May 31, 2020, the Wordfence Firewall blocked over 130 million attacks intended to harvest database credentials from 1.3 million sites by downloading their configuration files. The peak of this attack campaign occurred on May 30, 2020. At this point, attacks from this campaign accounted for 75% of all attempted exploits of …
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High Severity Vulnerabilities in PageLayer Plugin Affect Over 200,000 WordPress Sites

This entry was posted in Research, Vulnerabilities, WordPress Security on May 28, 2020 by Chloe Chamberland   0 Replies

A few weeks ago, our Threat Intelligence team discovered several vulnerabilities present in Page Builder: PageLayer – Drag and Drop website builder, a WordPress plugin actively installed on over 200,000 sites. The plugin is from the same creators as wpCentral, a plugin within which we recently discovered a privilege escalation vulnerability. One flaw allowed any …
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The Elementor Attacks: How Creative Hackers Combined Vulnerabilities to Take Over WordPress Sites

This entry was posted in Research, Vulnerabilities, WordPress Security on May 19, 2020 by Chloe Chamberland   4 Replies

On May 6, our Threat Intelligence team was alerted to a zero-day vulnerability present in Elementor Pro, a WordPress plugin installed on approximately 1 million sites. That vulnerability was being exploited in conjunction with another vulnerability found in Ultimate Addons for Elementor, a WordPress plugin installed on approximately 110,000 sites. We immediately released a firewall …
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Episode 76: Ongoing Attacks on WP Growing in Volume Plus Numerous Plugin Vulnerabilities

This entry was posted in Podcasts on May 16, 2020 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

On this week’s Think Like a Hacker podcast, we cover an active attack campaign targeting WordPress sites and numerous plugin vulnerabilities. This active attack campaign has been ongoing and has outpaced all other attacks on WordPress vulnerabilities. Our threat intelligence team has been tracking this attacker for months now, and we’re seeing these attacks intensifying. …
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Vulnerability in Google WordPress Plugin Grants Attacker Search Console Access

This entry was posted in Research, Vulnerabilities, WordPress Security on May 13, 2020 by Chloe Chamberland   0 Replies

On April 21st, our Threat Intelligence team discovered a vulnerability in Site Kit by Google, a WordPress plugin installed on over 300,000 sites. This flaw allows any authenticated user, regardless of capability, to become a Google Search Console owner for any site running the Site Kit by Google plugin. We filed a security issue report …
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One Attacker Outpaces All Others

This entry was posted in Vulnerabilities, WordPress Security on May 13, 2020 by Ram Gall   32 Replies

Starting April 28th, we saw a 30 times increase in cross site scripting attack volume, originating from a single attacker, and targeting over a million WordPress sites. We published research detailing the threat actor and attack volume increase on May 5th. By the time we published, the attack volume had dropped back down to baseline …
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Vulnerabilities Patched in Page Builder by SiteOrigin Affects Over 1 Million Sites

This entry was posted in Vulnerabilities, Wordfence, WordPress Security on May 11, 2020 by Chloe Chamberland   5 Replies

On Monday, May 4, 2020, the Wordfence Threat Intelligence team discovered two vulnerabilities present in Page Builder by SiteOrigin, a WordPress plugin actively installed on over 1,000,000 sites. Both of these flaws allow attackers to forge requests on behalf of a site administrator and execute malicious code in the administrator’s browser. The attacker needs to …
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Combined Attack on Elementor Pro and Ultimate Addons for Elementor Puts 1 Million Sites at Risk

This entry was posted in Vulnerabilities, WordPress Security on May 06, 2020 by Chloe Chamberland   63 Replies

On May 6, 2020, our Threat Intelligence team received reports of active exploitation of vulnerabilities in two related plugins, Elementor Pro and Ultimate Addons for Elementor. We have reviewed the log files of compromised sites to confirm this activity. As this is an active attack, we wanted to alert you so that you can take …
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28,000 GoDaddy Hosting Accounts Compromised

This entry was posted in WordPress Security on May 05, 2020 by Chloe Chamberland   29 Replies

This is a public service announcement (PSA) from the Wordfence team regarding a security issue which may impact some of our customers. On May 4, 2020, GoDaddy, one of the world’s largest website hosting providers, disclosed that the SSH credentials of approximately 28,000 GoDaddy hosting accounts were compromised by an unauthorized attacker. SSH, while extremely …
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Nearly a Million WP Sites Targeted in Large-Scale Attacks

This entry was posted in General Security, WordPress Security on May 05, 2020 by Ram Gall   23 Replies

Our Threat Intelligence Team has been tracking a sudden uptick in attacks targeting Cross-Site Scripting(XSS) vulnerabilities that began on April 28, 2020 and increased over the next few days to approximately 30 times the normal volume we see in our attack data. The majority of these attacks appear to be caused by a single threat …
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