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Category Archive: WordPress Security

Backdoor in Captcha Plugin Affects 300K WordPress Sites

This entry was posted in WordPress Security on December 19, 2017 by Matt Barry   105 Replies

The WordPress repository recently removed the plugin Captcha over what initially appeared to be a trademark issue with the current author using "WordPress" [Editors note: the original page has been removed, we're now linking to a screen shot.] in their brand name....read more

Breaking: Aggressive WordPress Brute Force Attack Campaign Started Today, 3am UTC

This entry was posted in WordPress Security on December 18, 2017 by Mark Maunder   50 Replies

A massive distributed brute force attack campaign targeting WordPress sites started this morning at 3am Universal Time, 7pm Pacific Time. The attack is broad in that it uses a large number of attacking IPs, and is also deep in that each IP is generating a huge number of attacks. This is the most aggressive campaign we have seen to date, peaking at over 14 million attacks per hour....read more

New Service Vulnerability Disclosure Policy

This entry was posted in Vulnerabilities, Wordfence, WordPress Security on December 13, 2017 by Dan Moen   49 Replies

The Wordfence team regularly discovers security issues with commercial services, such as WordPress hosting providers, that put their users at risk. In some cases, the issue is quite severe, putting thousands of websites at risk simultaneously. In these instances, our standard approach has been to contact the service provider directly, provide them with the details and work with them toward resolution. Lately these issues have become more common, so we've decided to formalize our approach going forward, updating our Vulnerability Disclosure Policy to specifically address these scenarios....read more

Vulnerabilities in Formidable Forms, Duplicator and Yoast SEO Plugins

This entry was posted in Vulnerabilities, WordPress Security on November 16, 2017 by Mark Maunder   16 Replies

Vulnerabilities have been reported in the Formidable Forms, Duplicator and Yoast SEO WordPress plugins. The Premium version of Wordfence protects against all of these vulnerabilities, even if you have not updated your plugins yet. We do recommend that you update immediately, whether or not you are using the Premium version of Wordfence....read more

Ask Wordfence: Should I Permanently Block IPs That I See Wordfence Blocking?

This entry was posted in Ask Wordfence, WordPress Security on November 15, 2017 by Dan Moen   19 Replies

This is the fifth installment in a new series we started last month called Ask Wordfence. You can access previous posts here....read more

Your Site Reputation Makes You a Target

This entry was posted in General Security, WordPress Security on November 10, 2017 by Mark Maunder   12 Replies

I've mentioned Troy Hunt a few times on this blog. He's one of the good guys in our industry and runs a website called haveibeenpwned.com. If you want to scare your friends and family at a get together, send them to haveibeenpwned.com and get them to type in their email address. You'll discover that we've all been hacked at some point in the past decade and your data is already out there. The site will tell you which breaches you have been affected by....read more

Ask Wordfence: How to Limit Security Risks From Plugins

This entry was posted in Ask Wordfence, WordPress Security on November 8, 2017 by Dan Moen   11 Replies

This is the fourth installment in a new series we started last month. You can access previous posts here....read more

The October 2017 WordPress Attack Report

This entry was posted in Monthly Attack Activity Report, WordPress Security on November 6, 2017 by Dan Moen   3 Replies

This month's WordPress Attack Report is a continuation of a series we have been publishing since December 2016. Reports from the previous months can be found here....read more

Cryptocurrency Miners Exploiting WordPress Sites

This entry was posted in Research, WordPress Security on October 26, 2017 by Brad Haas   11 Replies

During the last month, the information security media has paid a lot of attention to cryptocurrency mining malware. The Wordfence team has been monitoring the situation, and we are now starting to see attacks attempting to upload mining malware, and site cleaning customers that are already infected....read more

Ask Wordfence Episode 3: Should You Hide Your WordPress Login Page?

This entry was posted in Ask Wordfence, WordPress Security on October 25, 2017 by Mark Maunder   131 Replies

In today's episode of Ask Wordfence, I answer a common question we receive from customers: Should I hide my WordPress login page?...read more

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