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WikiLeaks: Many Internet Connected Devices Have Vulnerabilities

A series of internal CIA documents released Tuesday by WikiLeaks serve as a reminder that any computer, smartphone or other device connected to the internet is vulnerable to compromise.

The 8,761 documents detail a CIA hacking program with 5,000 registered users that produced more than a thousand hacking systems, Trojans, viruses, and other “weaponized” malware. The scale of the program was so massive that by 2016, its hackers had utilized more code than what is currently used to run Facebook.

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Ask a Security Professional: WordPress Database Security Part Two — Best Practices

In Part One of our #AskSecPro series on WordPress Database Security, we learned about the anatomy of WordPress. Now that we have a firm understanding of the role the WordPress MySQL database plays in a WordPress installation, we can take a look at the various ways an adversary can exploit the mechanisms involved. We’ll also explore some of the ways to defend your database against compromise.

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AskSecPro: What is #Cloudbleed?

Over the last few days you may have heard the term #Cloudbleed thrown around the water cooler. Some of the questions our customers are asking us include,  “What is Cloudbleed?” and “Am I protected from Cloudbleed?” As your resident Security Professional, I’ll be glad to help you to understand what the Cloudbleed buzz is all about and how it may impact you.

— First, I want to be very clear that the Cloudbleed bug does NOT impact SiteLock TrueShield™ WAF/CDN. More below.

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SiteLock Wins Best of Cool Award

SiteLock Earns “Best of Cool” Award by BestCompaniesAZ!

We are excited to announce that SiteLock has been named one of the 2017 100 Best Companies in Arizona by BestCompaniesAZ! Even more exciting, we’ve been recognized in the category “Best of Cool,” which honors Arizona’s top organizations that create strong, unique corporate cultures and promote creativity and innovation.

We are lucky to have an excellent team of dedicated individuals who work hard to support the growth and success of our company. Our open working environment offers lots of transparency and employee freedom to share ideas and challenge the status quo. We operate under a true open-door policy and try our best to ensure our employees enjoy coming to work each day.

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SiteLock is a WordCamp Global Community Sponsor for 2017!

We are excited to announce that SiteLock is a WordCamp Global Community Sponsor this year! After sponsoring 17 WordCamps and attending 40 in 2016, becoming a 2017 global sponsor was an obvious next step for us, and we look forward to expanding our support within the community this year!

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Rogue Pharmacy Defacements via REST API Exploit

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This article was co-authored by Security Researcher Wyatt Morgan from SiteLock Research.

 

This month we’ve seen WordPress websites bombarded with defacements and remote code execution attempts by abusing a vulnerability in the WordPress REST API. As could be expected, compromises motivated by financial gain have now made their debut through the same vector. This most recent flavor of defacements focuses on driving traffic to a rogue pharmacy website, where the visitor is encouraged to purchase — you guessed it, “authentic” erectile dysfunction medication.

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Case Study: ValChoice

Company Background

Dan Karr is the founder and CEO of ValChoice.com, a company with a mission to “give every consumer in America a free analysis of their insurance company.” After an awful car accident, Karr was unable to recover almost $100,000 worth of medical expenses from his health and auto insurance companies. As a husband and a father of three, the financial strain put pressure on his entire family. “After that experience, I vowed to prevent this from happening to any other family by leveraging my technology background to bring transparency to the insurance industry,” said Karr. That’s when ValChoice.com was born.

ValChoice.com provides its customers with a detailed, easy-to-understand analysis of the value, protection and services that insurance companies offer. As the company website states, ValChoice.com is “an independent, unbiased and trusted source of information about insurance companies.”

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Remote Code Execution Attempts via REST API Vulnerability

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This article was co-authored by Security Researcher Wyatt Morgan from SiteLock Research.

 

In the continuing saga of the WordPress REST API vulnerability in WordPress 4.7 and 4.7.1, SiteLock has identified that at least one hacker has launched a campaign specifically attempting remote code execution (RCE) on WordPress websites. The attacks aim to take advantage of WordPress websites using plugins that enable PHP to run inside of posts. If successful, the attack injects a line of code that ultimately downloads a series of malicious files from a Pastebin repository. These malicious files are used to install  backdoors and automatically steal information from  websites. When unsuccessful at remote code execution, the attack overwrites existing posts and leaves behind PHP shortcode.

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Ask a Security Professional: WordPress Database Security Part One — Anatomy of WordPress

For most people the year is still just getting started, but for some website owners the year has already packed quite a punch in the form of website attacks. This month hackers exploiting a vulnerability in the WordPress REST API successfully defaced over a million websites in what has become one of the largest website defacement campaigns to date. The attacks injected content that overwrote existing posts on WordPress websites running versions 4.7 and 4.7.1, leaving website owners with an immeasurable number of “Hacked by” posts across the droves of impacted websites.WordPress REST API

Many website owners who have unfortunately found themselves in the proverbial trenches of a digital battlefront, some of which had at least some security measures, are facing a difficult data recovery situation. It is from these recent events that the next Ask a Security Professional question was crafted; How can I better protect my data?

I feel that it’s important to fully understand what the problem is in order to best understand what forms a solution can take. In Part One of #AskSecPro we’ll cover an introduction to some of the infrastructure behind WordPress. Let’s start at the beginning.

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LoopConf 2017: Advancing WordPress Development and Community

We’ve just returned from LoopConf, a WordPress developer-focused event that SiteLock was lucky enough to sponsor. It was an amazing three days, packed with informative sessions around open source software and leading-edge technologies – everything the WordPress community loves, all in one place! As usual, I’ve provided a summary of just some of the awesome sessions I attended while at the conference.

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