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Episode 105: The Hottest Trend in WordPress

This entry was posted in Podcasts on February 19, 2021 by Kathy Zant   2 Replies

An analysis of WordPress-related search trends found that interest in WooCommerce related results dominated during 2020. We discuss recent vulnerabilities discovered by our threat intelligence team in Ninja Forms, affecting over 1 million sites. WordPress issues a statement that pirated themes and plugins are prohibited on the repository. And a supply chain attack affects users …
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Episode 104: Cryptography Demystified

This entry was posted in Podcasts on February 12, 2021 by Ram Gall   0 Replies

This week, the Wordfence team discusses cryptography in depth, including the basics, a brief history, hashing, and the Crypto Wars. We also go over current news, including 2 new findings by the Wordfence Threat Intelligence team, a new milestone for WordPress, and a recent attack on a Florida Town’s water supply. Here are timestamps and …
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Episode 103: Wordfence Innovates with Machine Learning and Security for Schools

This entry was posted in Podcasts on February 05, 2021 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

Wordfence opens the K-12 site audit and site cleaning service for publicly funded state schools worldwide. Machine learning is now a big part of our malware identification process, which will speed new malware signatures to deployment for WordPress sites protected by Wordfence. A bug in Sudo can let attackers with access to a local system …
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Episode 102: Disruption Presents Opportunity

This entry was posted in Podcasts on January 29, 2021 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

After a disruptive year in 2020, there are new challenges in 2021, but also immense opportunities in numerous fields. In a deep and wide-ranging conversation, Mark Maunder and Kathy Zant discuss artificial intelligence, whether or not we’re living in simulation, cryptocurrencies and the opportunities of blockchain technology, open source communities and publishing, avoiding scams and …
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Episode 101: Supporting Remote Students with Free Site Audits & Cleanings

This entry was posted in Podcasts on January 22, 2021 by Ram Gall   0 Replies

Wordfence announces a new program offering free site cleaning and site audits to public schools in the United States. We talk about why we’re offering this program and how to help schools take advantage of it. We also talk about the growing prevalence of WordPress as a content management system and how the incoming administration …
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Episode 100: How to Lose 6 Figures the Easy Way

This entry was posted in Podcasts on January 15, 2021 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

The recent SolarWinds attack was incredibly sophisticated. What happens when that level of sophistication targets a homebuyer during one of the largest transactions of their lifetime? On this episode, we tell the story of an extremely difficult-to-detect spearphishing attack that almost cost a homebuyer a significant amount. We review the warning signs seen in this …
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Episode 99: SolarWinds Supply Chain Attack Affects Government and Fortune 500 Businesses

This entry was posted in Podcasts on December 18, 2020 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

Earlier this week, we learned that SolarWinds, the largest provider of network management tools for government and enterprise organizations fell victim to a supply chain attack. This attack affected their Orion network management system. Reportedly, 18,000 enterprise and government customers installed malware that was digitally signed by a valid certificate as part of an update …
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Episode 98: How Application Passwords Work in WordPress 5.6

This entry was posted in Podcasts on December 11, 2020 by Ram Gall   0 Replies

WordPress 5.6 was released this week with a new feature called application passwords. In this episode we talk about how application passwords work, where to find them in your WordPress installation, and why Wordfence decided to turn these off by default in version 7.4.14. We also talk about a new Magecart attack that places card …
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Episode 97: The Future of WordPress with PHP 8 and WordPress 5.6

This entry was posted in Podcasts on December 04, 2020 by Kathy Zant   0 Replies

With WordPress 5.6’s imminent release and the recent release of PHP 8, we talk about the rapid changes affecting the future of WordPress with new security features and new functionality available to both WordPress users and developers. We also review a recent vulnerability found by Google Project Zero researchers in iPhones. A social engineering attack …
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Episode 96: Hosting Provider Failures and Incident Response Preparedness

This entry was posted in Podcasts on November 20, 2020 by Ram Gall   0 Replies

Two hosting providers experienced outages this week. GoDaddy had a brief outage affecting numerous systems on Tuesday, November 17. Managed.com had an extensive outage due to ransomware that affected all systems. We discuss what types of incident response preparations site owners should consider when events beyond their control occur. We also discuss a large-scale attack …
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