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Post Action Report: Bad Firewall Rule Released to WPEngine Customers Wednesday

On Wednesday afternoon a small percentage of WPEngine websites using a paid version of Wordfence experienced a 500 Internal Server Error or white screen on their sites due to an erroneous firewall rule that we released. If you have experienced this issue, please check your email which contains instructions to fix the issue. You can …
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What to do about AI

Friday Long Read: What To Do About AI

This is a Friday long-read, so grab a warm cup of something and kick back because we’re going to take our time on this. The world is about to profoundly change. I know you’re nervous – perhaps excited and optimistic, but if you’ve been paying attention and have been watching the trajectory of this thing, …
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Wordfence 7.8.0 Is Out! Here Is What Is Included

Wordfence 7.8.0 is out! A huge thanks to our quality assurance team, our team of developers and our ops team for planning, implementing and releasing Wordfence 7.8.0. This release has several fixes to make Wordfence even more robust, and includes a fundamental change in the way our signup works. Since our launch in 2012, the …
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Wordfence Premium Price Increase Coming in December – The First Since 2016

It has been over 6 years since we last raised our prices. Since then our team has more than doubled in size and we have introduced significant improvements to the core Wordfence product, launched a range of free and paid products, and introduced new services that include 24 hour incident response. Starting December 5th, 2022, …
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Wordfence 7.7.0 Is Out! Here Are The Changes

Wordfence 7.7.0 has just been released and as usual, it includes several awesome enhancements and updates for our security conscious WordPress publishers and e-commerce websites. This post goes into a little more detail on each change we’ve included. We don’t usually post additional detail like this, and we thought we’d give it a try, and …
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Wordfence Launches Wordfence Intelligence for Hosts and Network Defenders

This morning the Wordfence team is launching Wordfence Intelligence live at Black Hat 2022 in Las Vegas. Our entire team is here in Las Vegas, including our international team members. I’d like to tell you more about what we’re launching and how Wordfence Intelligence will help us go even further to make the online community …
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Wordfence Intelligence Launching at Black Hat 2022 in Las Vegas Next Week

Wordfence protects over 4 million websites around the world on 12,000 unique networks, and we block over 1.8 billion attacks targeting those websites every month. For years we have had a relationship with our customers that is a virtuous cycle: We receive attack reports from our customers at a rate of over 700 reports per …
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Securing Port 443: The Gateway To A New Universe

At Wordfence our business is to secure over 4 million WordPress websites and keep them secure. My background is in network operations, and then I transitioned into software development because my ops role was at a scale where I found myself writing a lot of code. This led me to founding startups, and ultimately into …
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Increase In Malware Sightings on GoDaddy Managed Hosting

Today, March 15, 2022, The Wordfence Incident Response team alerted our Threat Intelligence team to an increase in infected websites hosted on GoDaddy’s Managed WordPress service, which includes MediaTemple, tsoHost, 123Reg, Domain Factory, Heart Internet, and Host Europe Managed WordPress sites. These affected sites have a nearly identical backdoor prepended to the wp-config.php file. Of …
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We’re Now Blocking 10,000 Requests Per Hour in Ukraine From Known Malicious IPs

48 hours ago we deployed our commercial real-time threat intelligence automatically, and for free, to all Ukrainian websites with the .UA top-level domain. That has made over 8,000 sites in Ukraine using the free version of Wordfence significantly more secure. At noon-UTC on March 2nd, those sites started updating from our servers and receiving our …
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