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Category Archive: Miscellaneous

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 else, and we are here to help our customers be more secure....read more

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 data URL. It will help prevent this specific phishing technique....read more

Election Hack Report FAQ: What You Need to Know

This entry was posted in General Security, Miscellaneous, Research, Wordfence, WordPress Security on January 2, 2017 by Mark Maunder   13 Replies

On Friday we published an analysis of the FBI and DHS Grizzly Steppe report. The report was widely seen as proof that Russian intelligence operatives hacked the US 2016 election. We showed that the PHP malware in the report is old, freely available from a Ukrainian hacker group and is an administrative tool for hackers....read more

US Govt Data Shows Russia Used Outdated Ukrainian PHP Malware

This entry was posted in General Security, Miscellaneous, Research, WordPress Security on December 30, 2016 by Mark Maunder   137 Replies

Update at 1am Pacific Time, Monday morning Jan 2nd: Please note that we have published a FAQ that accompanies this report. It contains a summary of our findings and answers several other questions our readers have had. It also provides some background on our methodology. You can read it either before or after reading this report. The original report follows:...read more

Commuting Kills

This entry was posted in Miscellaneous, Wordfence on August 12, 2015 by Mark Maunder   81 Replies

Every year we lose up to 10% of our electricity purely due to resistance during transmission. If you've ever wondered why a room-temperature superconductor is sought after, this is why. Thinking about superconductivity reminded me of the problem I have with companies who don't allow telecommuting. The way I see it, remote-workers are like work-place superconductivity: Brain power and productivity arrive instantly where they're needed with zero transmission cost....read more

A Malicious Del.icio.us?

This entry was posted in Miscellaneous on October 27, 2014 by Mark Maunder   23 Replies

Google blacklisted bit.ly several days ago in a move that caught many publishers off guard. We started seeing spotty reports of del.icio.us being blacklisted over the weekend and it has now gone full-blown with all del.icio.us links apparently being blacklisted by Chrome as hosting malware....read more

The Black War

This entry was posted in General Security, Miscellaneous on May 20, 2014 by Mark Maunder   2 Replies

The US Justice Department today indicted five Chinese Military officers for hacking. The DoJ alleges that the officers were hacking into US companies to steal trade secrets. Here's the official press release on FBI.gov....read more

DefCon update #1

This entry was posted in General Security, Miscellaneous, WordPress Security on August 2, 2013 by Mark Maunder   0 Replies

Amazon day at DefCon in Vegas with around 30,000 hackers and geeks at the Rio. The highlights were:...read more

Want to see a live BotNET in action? [Video]

This entry was posted in Miscellaneous on August 2, 2013 by Mark Maunder   2 Replies

This was one of the coolest moments of BlackHat 2013 for me. I've seen folks release new cryptographic weaknesses in SSL/TLS, high profile speakers at just about every major talk, but a few minutes ago I walked into a room and there's this guy in the corner quietly demonstrating software he wrote to a few people who have stopped by. The stuff he's showing off is the basis of the most dangerous threat on the Net today - the stuff that keeps systems admins of major networks up at night: BotNets....read more

Black Hat 2013: Keynote – Brian Muirhead from JPL

This entry was posted in Miscellaneous on August 1, 2013 by Mark Maunder   0 Replies

Just got out of an awesome second day (August 1st) keynote by Brian Muirhead who is Chief Engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Labs and was responsible for the design, development, test and launch of the Mars Pathfinder and Curiosity which landed in August 5th last year....read more

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