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Trump Campaign Site Hacked – What We Know & Lessons Learned

This entry was posted in Miscellaneous, Research on October 27, 2020 by Mark Maunder   18 Replies

On October 27, 2020 at approximately 4:50pm Mountain Time, Donald Trump’s campaign website, www.donaldjtrump.com, was defaced. The attackers left a message claiming they had compromising information on President Trump. The defacement page contained two Monero cryptocurrency wallet IDs encouraging visitors to “vote” by sending cryptocurrency to the wallets, indicating that if the first wallet received …
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COVID-19 and WordPress Community Engagement in 2020

This entry was posted in Wordfence on March 01, 2020 by Mark Maunder   1 Reply

This is an update regarding Wordfence’s community engagement in 2020 along with a recommendation for WordCamps globally and for the global WordPress community. As always, I’m taking a data-driven approach to this post. I present an update from the WHO regarding the containment of COVID-19 in China and what has worked. I then discuss what …
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Wordcamp Asia Cancellation Fee Assistance Package from Wordfence

This entry was posted in Wordfence on February 11, 2020 by Mark Maunder   2 Replies

A few minutes ago it was announced that Wordcamp Asia has been cancelled due to the recent COVID-19 concerns in the region. This was a very tough call, but I believe the right one. To give you some context, I’m going to include an extract from the final part of the World Health Organization Director …
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The WordPress 5.2.3 Security Release Unpacked

This entry was posted in Vulnerabilities, WordPress Security on September 05, 2019 by Mark Maunder   2 Replies

WordPress core version 5.2.3 has just been released. This is a security release which contains several fixes. I’m going to detail each of them below and unpack what each fix means and add any additional info that may be relevant. Seven of the eight vulnerabilities fixed in this release are cross site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities. Wordfence …
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Introducing the Wordfence Login Security Plugin

This entry was posted in Wordfence, WordPress Security on June 04, 2019 by Mark Maunder   16 Replies

Today we are excited to announce the release of a brand new plugin: Wordfence Login Security. This plugin is a completely standalone plugin and you don’t need to install the full version of Wordfence to take advantage of the specific security features included in it. Wordfence Login Security is designed by our team to secure …
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Podcast Episode 16: Cami Kaos talks WordCamps, Meetups and Community

This entry was posted in Podcasts on May 24, 2019 by Mark Maunder   0 Replies

If you’ve ever attended a WordCamp or a WordPress meetup in the last 6 years, that community experience was based on the guidance and support from WordCamp Central and Community Manager Cami Kaos. Cami is the primary contact for the 150 WordCamps and over 600 WordPress meetups taking place around the world this year. Her …
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Podcast Episode 15: So. Much. News!!

This entry was posted in Podcasts on May 21, 2019 by Mark Maunder   2 Replies

In this week’s news we have a lot to cover. We talk about an intrusion at StackOverflow, a proposal to modify the WordPress plugin guidelines, how Chinese hackers are getting better at stealing US cyber secrets, ethical issues of firms promising ransomware solutions that only include paying the ransomware, a breach on the Joomla extension …
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Podcast Episode 14: Interview with Trauma Surgeon and Plugin Dev Andy Fragen

This entry was posted in Podcasts on May 16, 2019 by Mark Maunder   0 Replies

  Dr. Andy Fragen is a trauma/acute care surgeon as well as a prolific WordPress plugin author. One of his plugins, GitHub Updater, allows you to host WordPress plugins and themes on GitHub instead of WordPress.org. Andy supports numerous WordCamps and is an active member of the WordPress community in southern California. I had the …
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Podcast Episode 12: Major WhatsApp Vulnerability and Other News

This entry was posted in Podcasts on May 14, 2019 by Mark Maunder   3 Replies

This week in our news-focused episode we cover the WhatsApp zero-day vulnerability that allegedly was used to infect phones with malware by simply calling a phone with the app. We also announced a new update to the Wordfence plugin, making an updated two-factor authentication feature available to all Wordfence users. We cover a story about …
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Podcast Episode 10: WordPress 5.2 Security Enhancements and Other News

This entry was posted in Podcasts on May 08, 2019 by Mark Maunder   0 Replies

Today we are pleased to bring you the tenth episode of Think Like a Hacker. We’re doing things a little different this week, separating the news and our interview into two episodes. In today’s we cover the news and we will share another compelling interview later in the week. In the news we discuss new …
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