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Dr. Andy Fragen

2019.05.16

Episode 14: Interview with Trauma Surgeon and Plugin Dev Andy Fragen

Dr. Andy Fragen is a trauma/acute care surgeon as well as a prolific WordPress plugin author. One of his plugins, GitHub Updater, allows you to host WordPress plugins and themes on GitHub instead of WordPress.org. Andy supports numerous WordCamps and is an active member of the WordPress community in southern California. I had the pleasure of talking with Andy at WordCamp Orange County. He’s a fascinating person and I really think you’ll enjoy our conversation.

Think Like a Hacker Episode 12

2019.05.14

Episode 12: Major WhatsApp Vulnerability and Other News

This week in our news-focused episode we cover the WhatsApp zero-day vulnerability that allegedly was used to infect phones with malware by simply calling a phone with the app. We also announced a new update to the Wordfence plugin, making an updated two-factor authentication feature available to all Wordfence users. We cover a story about SIM hijacking and discuss why we need to move away from SMS 2-factor authentication. We also cover an ongoing supply-chain attack affecting thousands of sites, three antivirus companies that have been compromised, a malvertiser indictment, and other stories.

2019.05.10

Episode 11: The Dave Ryan Interview

Today we’ve published episode 11 of Think Like a Hacker. As we mentioned earlier in the week, we’ve switched to a new format beginning this week, separating the news and our interview into two episodes. In today’s interview-focused episode we talk to Dave Ryan at WordCamp Orange County.

Dave Ryan is an Interdisciplinary WordPress Developer at Bluehost, where he focuses on helping build WordPress and supporting the WordPress community. He is an organizer for Phoenix area WordPress meetups and WordCamp Phoenix. He also speaks at numerous WordCamps around the country.

In the past Dave has worked for large publishers and universities and scaling high-traffic WordPress sites by blending his skills in information design, journalism and web development.

Dave lives in Phoenix, loves a good taco and will like every photo of your dog on Instagram.

Think Like a Hacker Episode 10

2019.05.08

Episode 10: WordPress 5.2 Security Enhancements and Other News

Today we are pleased to bring you the tenth episode of Think Like a Hacker. We’re doing things a little different this week, separating the news and our interview into two episodes. In today’s we cover the news and we will share another compelling interview later in the week.

In the news we discuss new cryptographic protection against supply chain attacks in WordPress 5.2 which was released today. We talk about Israel’s missile attack against Hamas hackers, a data breach affecting 80 million households, the Gutenberg accessibility audit, DuckDuckGo’s “do not track” bill, a hacker selling Windows ZeroDay vulnerabilities and a sophisticated supply chain attack originating in China amongst other stories.

Jon Brown 9seeds

2019.05.01

Episode 9: The Jon Brown Interview and Vulnerabilities, The Dark Web, Scams, Oh My!

We cover quite a few news stories this week, including two plugins requiring immediate updating due to disclosed vulnerabilities, what we can expect from WordPress version 5.2 and a dark web marketplace that appears to have exit scammed users. We follow up on Google Sensorvault, a great interview with Richard Stallman about Facebook and JetBlue’s use of facial recognition technology. We take a look at GoDaddy’s removal of 15,000 spam subdomains, the Docker breach and Slack’s upcoming IPO and their dire warning to investors.

This week, I chat with Jon Brown, CEO of 9seeds, a digital agency. We chatted at Chris and Katie Bayer’s Black Mountain Coffee Roastery in Idyllwild, California. Jon and I talk about running an agency, remote work, being a digital nomad and of course, WordPress. We had a great conversation, and I think you’ll enjoy it.

2019.04.23

Episode 8: We Go Deep on Coffee, Hackable Child Trackers and More

This week we look at Troy Hunt’s pen testing results with the TicTocTrack watch and the privacy issues of tracking our kids. We examine the changes coming in the AMP project as well as implications of the UK’s new porn age restriction law coming into effect in July. We review a story uncovered by Cisco’s Talos security team about a group called SeaTurtle who carried out an espionage campaign via DNS hijacking. We take a new look at why the Nigerian prince scam is still netting over $700,000 per year, and how the City of Chicago lost more than $1 million in a phishing scam. We also take a look at the nascent influencer economy and some of the effects on both service companies and influencers themselves.

For our interview this week, I have something a little different. I was recently in Idyllwild, California for a few days and made friends with an amazing couple who run a coffee roastery and tasting room. Chris and Katie Bayer are the owners of Black Mountain Coffee Roasting. If you love coffee and WordPress you’re going to love this interview. Enjoy!

Think Like a Hacker Tyler Lau Interview

2019.04.17

Episode 7: The Tyler Lau Interview, Assange, Thought Experiments, AirBnB Scams and More

This week we look at the Assange arrest, an irresponsible security researcher affecting the WordPress community and do a bit of a thought experiment. We also look at Google’s Sensorvault and how it’s being used by law enforcement, the fascinating rise and fall of the Bayrob malware gang, and some tips for avoiding a new AirBnB scam. I also talked to Tyler Lau at WordCamp Phoenix last month, and we share that interview with you today. Tyler is the Social Community Manager at Sandhills Development. Sandhills makes some very popular plugins including Easy Digital Downloads and AffiliateWP. We talked about the WordPress community, WordPress in general and some of the cool things that Sandhills is involved in.

Brandy Lawson

2019.04.10

Episode 6: The Brandy Lawson Interview, The News and Facebook Rants

This week we follow up on two stories from last week, the Pipdig P3 plugin and Jetpack suggestions found within the WordPress plugin dashboard. We also take a look at quite a few privacy concerns with Grammarly, malware in the healthcare industry, and we discuss privacy concerns with Facebook. I also talk to Brandy Lawson, a digital agency entrepreneur in Phoenix, Arizona. Brandy is passionate about helping coaches, speakers, and authors who are making an impact on the world. I had a wonderful conversation with Brandy at WordCamp Phoenix that I think you’ll really enjoy.

2019.04.02

Episode 5: The Raquel Landefeld Interview & The Pipdig Story

This week I chat about the Pipdig controversy in full with Mikey Veenstra and Kathy Zant. Kathy and I cover the news. And we have an amazing interview with Raquel Landefeld who is a community organizer for WordPress, co-founder of agency Mode Effect and a well known and loved personality in the WordPress community. Raquel and I chat about her adventures as a mom in tech, Gutenberg, her approach to networking, what it is like being a WordCamp Phoenix organizer and what she is up to for the rest of this year. Enjoy!!

2019.03.26

Episode 4: The Aaron Campbell Interview and the Social Warfare Saga

This week we have an update on the Social Warfare plugin vulnerability, how it was more serious than originally thought, and a feud that has broken out between a security researcher and forum moderators. We also have some interesting data on how WordPress will become more secure soon with code signing. And along with several other news items, we have a spectacular interview with Aaron Campbell, the former head of WordPress security. Enjoy!!

2019.03.21

Episode 3: The Cory Miller Interview and Active Exploits Target Easy WP SMTP Plugin

This week we have breaking news with a serious vulnerability in the Easy WP SMTP WordPress plugin. We are seeing exploits actively target this vulnerability. We also cover the week’s news with Kathy Zant and have a spectacular interview with Cory Miller where he chats about how he started iThemes, why he sold to Liquid Web, some of the challenges of being a founder and what is next for him. Enjoy!!

Adam Warner Think Like a Hacker Podcast

2019.03.12

Episode 2: Mikey Veenstra Talks XSS Vulnerability + The Adam Warner Interview

In this episode Mikey Veenstra, a threat analyst at Wordfence discusses a serious XSS vulnerability in an abandoned cart plugin. We also chat with Adam Warner, a well known figure in the WordPress community. In our interview we chat about Adam’s personal WordPress journey, community engagement success and the future of WordPress. And as always we cover the news with Kathy Zant.

2019.03.07

Episode 1: An Interview with Josepha Haden

Josepha Haden is the Executive Director of the WordPress project at Automattic. She oversees and directs all contributor teams in their work to build and maintain WordPress. Josepha can be found at https://josepha.blog. In our news segment, we talk about recent vulnerabilities in the Freemius library affecting WordPress plugins, the CoinHive shutdown, and why potential changes in WordPress core development will benefit end users’ security and more