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Podcast Episode 35: Security Researcher Jem Turner Talks About Pipdig Scandal

This entry was posted in Podcasts on August 1, 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 DDoS a competitor’s site. At WordCamp Europe, Mark sat down with Jem and asked about her process of finding this malicious code and the diligence in her research. Jem also talks about the unexpected reaction from the Pipdig developer and their users, and how the community of bloggers banded together to help each other.

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You can find Jem on Twitter as @jemjabella and at www.thejempire.net. You can find Mark on Twitter as @mmaunder and Kathy as @kathyzant.

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