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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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WordCamp Phoenix Recap

This entry was posted in Miscellaneous on February 26, 2019 by Kathy Zant   2 Replies

The first WordCamp for 2019 took place this past weekend in Phoenix, Arizona with nearly 700 attendees, and we were delighted to be involved. In addition to our gold-level sponsorship, Wordfence Threat Analyst Mikey Veenstra spoke on Friday, and our Client Partner Kathy Zant worked for months on the organizing committee to bring this highly …
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WordCamp US Recap

This entry was posted in Miscellaneous on December 13, 2018 by Mark Maunder   6 Replies

WordCamp US was held in Nashville, Tennessee this year. We sponsored the event, had a booth and of course provided lock picking lessons, as has become our tradition at WordCamps. Our goal is to get you to think like a hacker, so that you can better secure your sites. Picking a lock really gets you …
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WordPress 5.0: How and When to Update

This entry was posted in Miscellaneous on December 05, 2018 by Mark Maunder   50 Replies

WordPress 5.0 is being released tomorrow, December 6th. This release contains a major change to the WordPress editor. The new editor, code-named Gutenberg, is a substantial leap forward in functionality. It uses a new block-based system for editing which allows you to embed a wide range of content in your posts and pages, and gives …
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Defiant’s Top 5 Spooky Security Jokes

This entry was posted in Miscellaneous on October 31, 2018 by Mikey Veenstra   0 Replies

Among a plethora of reasons to enjoy working here, we at Defiant are particularly vocal about our love for the remote office. A team spread across timezones and continents might sound like a challenge in group cohesion, but even though we’re divided geographically, we’ve forged a great culture that a breakroom ping-pong table just can’t …
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Breaking Out of Shells at DerbyCon

This entry was posted in Miscellaneous on October 12, 2018 by Nate Smith   0 Replies

I downloaded my first copy of BackTrack when I was 13. I had no idea what I was doing, or how to use it, but I knew that I was hooked. I’ve been fascinated with technology since I was a kid, so the idea that I could interact with that technology in new and unexpected …
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Known WordPress Threat Actor Under Investigation For Prescription-Free Online Pharmacy

This entry was posted in Miscellaneous on August 08, 2018 by Dan Moen   10 Replies

Last September we published a series of three blog posts exposing a threat actor who had purchased a number of WordPress plugins as part of an elaborate supply chain attack. This ownership enabled him to inject SEO spam into hundreds of thousands of websites, boosting search engine rankings for various illicit online businesses. In the …
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Hacked by an 11 Year Old

This entry was posted in Miscellaneous on May 03, 2018 by Mark Maunder   12 Replies

The Wordfence team recently sponsored and attended WordCamp Atlanta. Instead of doing the usual boring corporate thing with our booth, we decided to host a capture the flag, or CTF contest. A CTF is essentially a hacking contest. It is a series of puzzles that the contestant needs to solve. They might include decrypting an …
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Remote Working: No Bad Hair Days at Wordfence

This entry was posted in Miscellaneous, Wordfence on February 23, 2017 by Mark Maunder   6 Replies

The core team at Wordfence is now 13 full-time employees, and with contractors we are a team of 29. We are still at that really fun size where you can have a full team meeting and everyone has a chance to have their say. Every day feels like a hacker conference where everyone knows everyone …
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Wide Impact: Highly Effective Gmail Phishing Technique Being Exploited

This entry was posted in General Security, Miscellaneous on January 12, 2017 by Mark Maunder   172 Replies

Update on February 24th: Chrome has resolved this issue to my satisfaction. Earlier this month they released Chrome 56.0.2924 which changes the location bar behavior. If you now view a data URL, the location bar shows a “Not Secure” message which should help users realize that they should not trust forms presented to them via a …
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