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Malicious WordPress Redirect Campaign Attacking Several Plugins

This entry was posted in Research, WordPress Security on August 23, 2019 by Mikey Veenstra   9 Replies

Over the past few weeks, our Threat Intelligence team has been tracking an active attack campaign targeting a selection of new and old WordPress plugin vulnerabilities. These attacks seek to maliciously redirect traffic from victims’ sites to a number of potentially harmful locations. Each of the vulnerabilities targeted by this campaign have been public for …
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Podcast Episode 41: KidsCamp and the Next Generation of WordPress Users with Sandy Edwards

This entry was posted in Podcasts on August 22, 2019 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

 As of WordCamp Boston 2019, Sandy Edwards has organized 26 KidsCamps across the US. We talk about what kids do at a WordPress KidsCamp, the success these kids have had publishing with WordPress, and how Sandy teaches basic internet safety and security to the next generation of WordPress users. Sandy is an organizer at …
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Wordfence Now Works on WP Engine and with Load Balancers

This entry was posted in Wordfence on August 21, 2019 by Matt Barry   13 Replies

Today we are launching a version of Wordfence containing a new feature for sites on hosting providers with read-only file systems such as WP Engine or for environments where multiple web servers are behind a load balancer. This new feature uses a MySQL storage engine for firewall attack data to protect WordPress sites in complex …
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Podcast Episode 40: WordPress Considers Ditching Signed Core Updates

This entry was posted in Podcasts on August 20, 2019 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

A recent discussion among WordPress core developers about removing support for code signing in core caught our attention. Code signing support was included with the WordPress 5.2 release. The discussion centers around removing code signing and implementing SSL verification and hashes to verify code integrity. In this week’s episode we chat about the history behind …
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Podcast Episode 39: Headless eCommerce, Scaling for eCommerce Growth with Topher DeRosia

This entry was posted in Podcasts on August 15, 2019 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

 Topher DeRosia is the Developer Evangelist for BigCommerce and a frequent WordCamp speaker. He’s worked with WordPress for a long time and is the man behind HeroPress, telling the stories of people whose lives have been transformed by WordPress. HeroPress is now syndicated on WordPress.org/news, bringing these inspirational stories to an even wider audience. …
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Podcast Episode 38: Automattic Buys Tumblr from Verizon

This entry was posted in Podcasts on August 13, 2019 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, August 12, 2019 that Verizon is selling social media and blogging platform Tumblr to Automattic for an undisclosed sum, though rumors state that it may be as low as $3 million dollars. After the announcement, Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg discussed the news on PostStatus, stating that they plan …
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Podcast Episode 37: Vito Peleg Talks Breaking the Agency Glass Ceiling & Building a Product with Customers

This entry was posted in Podcasts on August 08, 2019 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

 In this episode, Mark chats with Vito Peleg, the founder of WP Feedback, a plugin that helps WordPress-focused agencies streamline approval and support for their customers. Vito talks about the glass ceiling in agencies where managing people and projects begins to inhibit growth and profitability. He also shares some interesting thoughts on where pain …
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Podcast Episode 36: Proposals to Improve WordPress Include WP Notify and Security Backporting Changes

This entry was posted in Podcasts on August 06, 2019 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

This week, we talk about our corporate trip to DEF CON, the WordPress security team’s proposal to backport security fixes to fewer releases, a new feature proposal called WP Notify that has a number of very positive implications for WordPress users, Cloudflare’s decision to terminate service for 8Chan, and a European court’s ruling that companies …
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Podcast Episode 35: Security Researcher Jem Turner Talks About Pipdig Scandal

This entry was posted in Podcasts on August 01, 2019 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

 Jem Turner was one of the security researchers that found malicious code in Pipdig’s P3 plugin. Both Jem and Wordfence’s Mikey Veenstra found the P3 plugin to contain a number of suspicious or malicious features, including a remote “killswitch,” an obfuscated function used to change users’ passwords, and code which generated hourly requests to …
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Podcast Episode 34: Capital One Data Breach Impacts over 100M Customers and Other News

This entry was posted in Podcasts on July 31, 2019 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

This week we talk about the Capital One breach affecting over 100 million customers and some important takeaway lessons from that case. We also look at news with the the Equifax settlement, a spearphishing campaign targeting ProtonMail users, the conclusion to Marcus Hutchins’ legal woes, and Facebook’s $5 billion fine and new regulation from the …
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