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Not Just for the Government: Using the NIST Framework to Secure WordPress
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Not Just for the Government: Using the NIST Framework to Secure WordPress

When setting up a WordPress website, it is easy to focus on the look and feel of the website, while overlooking the important aspect of security. This makes sense, because the security of a website is largely invisible until something goes wrong. Installing a cybersecurity plugin like Wordfence significantly reduces the chances of a successful …
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Russian Hacktivist Group Targets Political Websites with DDOS Attacks

A Russian hacktivist group calling itself “The People’s Cyberarmy” called on its members to target the American Democratic party website at https://democrats.org with DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks this morning, November 8th, 2022, which is Election Day in the United States. A post in their Telegram channel, “CyberArmyofRussia_Reborn”, which has more than 7,000 subscribers …
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What Does The Fox Hack? Breaking Down the Anonymous Fox F-Automatical Script

What Does The Fox Hack? Breaking Down the Anonymous Fox F-Automatical Script

While performing routine security research, one of our threat analysts discovered the latest version of a Command and Control (C2) script, which is referred to as F-Automatical within the script’s code and was commonly known as FoxAuto in older versions. This is the seventh version of this automatic C2 script that is developed and distributed …
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Two Weeks of Monitoring ProxyNotShell Threat Activity

Two Weeks of Monitoring ProxyNotShell (CVE-2022-41040 & CVE-2022-41082) Threat Activity

The Wordfence Threat Intelligence team has been monitoring exploit attempts targeting two zero-day vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Server tracked as CVE-2022-41040 and CVE-2022-41082, collectively known as ProxyNotShell. These vulnerabilities are actively being exploited in the wild. At the time of writing, we have observed 1,658,281 exploit attempts across our network of 4 million protected websites. …
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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month: You Could Be the Biggest Threat to Your WordPress Site

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month in the U.S., and this year’s theme is “See Yourself in Cyber.” What is really being said by this theme is that we all have a role to play in cyber security, whether we work in the industry or not. With this in mind, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure …
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Cross-Site Scripting: The Real WordPress Supervillain

Cross-Site Scripting: The Real WordPress Supervillain

Vulnerabilities are a fact of life for anyone managing a website, even when using a well-established content management system like WordPress. Not all vulnerabilities are equal, with some allowing access to sensitive data that would normally be hidden from public view, while others could allow a malicious actor to take full control of an affected …
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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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analyzing attack data and trends targeting Log4j

Analyzing Attack Data and Trends Targeting Log4J

The Log4j vulnerability, initially reported in November 2021, has affected millions of devices and applications around the world. It has the potential to allow a malicious actor to take full control of vulnerable devices. As a result of how Log4j controls the logging of strings and code, the vulnerability allows malicious actors to inject malicious …
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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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