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Election Hack Report FAQ: What You Need to Know

This entry was posted in General Security, Miscellaneous, Research, Wordfence, WordPress Security on January 02, 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. …
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US Govt Data Shows Russia Used Outdated Ukrainian PHP Malware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 …
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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: …
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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.  Wordfence is alerting on all del.icio.us links in files, posts …
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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. This is a sharp escalation in cyberwar tension between the US and China. In response, China has effectively walked out of …
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DefCon update #1

This entry was posted in General Security, Miscellaneous, WordPress Security on August 02, 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: A talk by Balint Seeber that was supposed to be about Software Defined Radio (a radio where software does what circuits usually do) but turned out to be so much more. He showed how there are serious …
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Want to see a live BotNET in action? [Video]

This entry was posted in Miscellaneous on August 02, 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 …
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Black Hat 2013: Keynote – Brian Muirhead from JPL

This entry was posted in Miscellaneous on August 01, 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. The talk tended toward being about leadership more than …
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Listening in on Cellphones

This entry was posted in General Security, Miscellaneous on July 31, 2013 by Mark Maunder   0 Replies

I just got out of Tom Ritter, Doug DePerry and Andrew Rahimi’s amazing talk titled “I can hear you now” which was standing room only in the Palace room at Caesars. In the talk they demonstrate how a Femtocell, which is a home cellular base station, can be used to emulate a cellphone tower and …
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General Alexander’s Keynote Speech at Black Hat 2013

This entry was posted in General Security, Miscellaneous on July 31, 2013 by Mark Maunder   5 Replies

I just finished listening to the Keynote presentation at Black Hat 2013, the largest hacker/CyberSecurity conference all year, from General Kieth Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency. The NSA is obviously not in everyone’s good graces since the Edward Snowden revalations and the atmosphere was tense with the organizers who introduced Alexander choosing their …
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