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Malware

Magento Infection Sends Stolen Credit Card Data To Black Market

Authors: SiteLock Research Analysts, Josh Martin and Michael Veenstra

While investigating suspicious files on a customer’s eCommerce site, the SiteLock Research Team found malicious payment processing code injected into Magento application files that skimmed credit card data and administrative login credentials. The malicious code sent stolen credit card data directly to a publicly accessible carding market where victim’s card details were listed for sale. In this article we analyze the infection, take a deeper look at the carding market, and discuss ways you can keep your site and your credit card data secure.

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WordCamp Boston 2017 – WordPress Strong

SiteLock sponsored and attended WordCamp Boston 2017 this past weekend. It was our second year in attendance, and as expected, it was a great event! In this post, we share some of our experiences from the event, including a slight hiccup and how we overcame it.

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The State of Mental Health Awareness in the WordPress Community

Mental health awareness initiatives have increased in the WordPress community, and in the tech community as a whole, in recent years. This has been welcomed by many, especially since 2007 when the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) surveyed adults in 37 States about their attitudes toward mental illness and found that:

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SiteLock Top Companies Award

SiteLock Named One Of the Top Companies to Work For In Arizona!

We are excited to announce that SiteLock has been named one of the 2017 Top Companies to Work for in Arizona by azcentral.com and BestCompaniesAZ! Even more notable, we ranked #24 in our category based on employee survey results and for creating a culture that our employees love to be a part of.

We are also happy to report that our employee survey results averaged an overall favorable rate of 90 percent and an overall employee engagement score of 92 percent, which is more than double the national average, according to Denise Gredler, Founder and CEO of BestCompaniesAZ.

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SiteLock Security By Obscurity

Security by Obscurity [Infographic – Updated Q2 2017]

Many small business owners don’t realize their websites are targeted by cybercriminals. As a result, they may not have proper security in place to protect their sites in the event of a malicious cyberattack. Instead, they rely on “security by obscurity,” which implies that the less popular and attention grabbing the website, the less likely it is to be compromised.

In reality, there’s no such thing as “too small to hack.” Any business that has a website, regardless of number of features or amount of traffic, will always be at risk of cyber threats. Read our infographic to learn more.

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SiteLock Popularity Infographic

Popular but Insecure [Infographic – Updated Q2 2017]

Did you know that the more complex and feature-rich a website is, the more likely it is to be compromised? The problem at hand is, website owners might not be aware of all the potential security risks associated with their websites until after an issue has occurred.

In this infographic we compare celebrities to websites to help illustrate the correlation between website popularity and an increased likelihood of cyberattacks.

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Fostering the WordPress Community We Want

The desire to be part of a community is a human instinct. Whether it’s a tribe, village, city, or even the WordPress community, we have an innate need to group together. The benefits of being in a community far outweigh being alone, but there are also challenges to operating within a group, and the worldwide WordPress community isn’t immune.

Creating the WordPress community

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rnc data breach web security best practices

The RNC Data Breach: Pitfalls of Neglecting Web Security Best Practices

In a recent security report, researchers revealed an unsecured archive of US voter data collected by Deep Root Analytics, a data firm connected to the Republican National Convention (RNC). The exposed data — which included full names, addresses, and phone numbers of 198 million registered voters — was uncovered by a security researcher in an internet-accessible database with no password protection or any other security measures. The database has been secured at the time of this writing, but it remains unclear how long this data was exposed to the internet.

It may be easy to assume exposures of this nature are an inevitability. After all, a data analytics firm associated with a major political party sounds like a clear target for bad actors. However, the data was discovered by a researcher performing unrelated searches through Amazon’s S3 infrastructure for any unprotected data, not targeted attacks against Deep Root Analytics or even voter data in particular. This fact underscores a critical necessity of the Internet: prioritize the security of your data at all stages of its life cycle. Your data needs to be secure where it’s stored, during network transit, and when it’s in the hands of third parties. This data leak in particular was the result of the RNC failing to properly ensure the security of their data in the hands of a third party contractor.

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WordCamp Europe 2017 Recap

After a year of waiting and months of planning, SiteLock finally landed in Paris, France for our second year at WordCamp Europe! We sponsored the event again this year and were overwhelmed by the attendance of 1,900 people from 79 countries. Not to mention the 1,000 viewers who live-streamed the event, totaling a count of 2,900 WordPress enthusiasts!

For those of you who were at the show, you probably met at least one person in red from the SiteLock crew. From left to right, we sent these handsome folks below (note, I’m the one in the middle!).

SiteLock President Neill Feather, Executive Vice President Tom Serani, and Evangelists Logan Kipp and Adam Warner, and Inside Channel Developer Brandon Goldberg

For those of you who couldn’t make it, we’ve recapped the event with some of our favorite moments below.

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ftc protecting small businesses

New Government Website Highlights Small Business Cybersecurity Risks

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently launched a new website aimed at educating small business owners on the risks of cybercrime and the steps they can take to protect their business.

“Small businesses are critical to our economic strength, building America’s future, and helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace,” said FTC Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen. “This innovative new website is a one-stop shop where small businesses can find information to protect themselves from scammers and hackers, as well as resources they can use if they are hit with a cyberattack.”

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