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May your holidays be merry and bright. Peace. Love. WordPress.

Adsense High CPC Malicious WordPress Plugin in the Wild

The SiteLock SMART malware scanner detected three particular files as suspicious. Inspection of the files by the SiteLock Research Team ultimately determined that a malicious WordPress plugin was being actively hosted, used by unsuspecting site owners, and spread via YouTube.

We will detail the malware contained in the malicious plugin, reveal the relationships between the malicious plugin and other sites, and finally discuss mitigation for sites using the plugin and how to avoid such situations.

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SiteLock Website Security

Secure Your Web Applications This Holiday Season

Expect Increased Volumes

This year, 80% of consumers plan to spend as much or more than they did in 2014, according to an analysis of available research by PFSWeb. Just on Cyber Monday alone, total sales made from consumers’ desktops reached $2.28 billion, up 12% from 2014. Mobile sales on Cyber Monday grew 53% from last year, with total sales reaching $838 million.

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Top 10 Largest Data Breaches of 2015

With 2015 almost over, let’s take a look back at the top 10 largest data breaches of the year. Hopefully your company didn’t make the list!

10 largest data breaches of 2015

2015 Attack Timeline

Make sure you don’t make next years list: visit SiteLock and find the security solution that fits your website.

Want to learn more? Check out the top data breaches that hit the retail industry in 2015.

Don’t Be Held For Ransom By Ransomware

What is ransomware and how does it work?

Ransomware is malicious software that infects a computer and restricts the computer’s use until the victim pays a ransom to restore functionality. A ransomware compromise begins with a vulnerable computer or computer with vulnerable third-party software. A user on the vulnerable machine clicks a link in a malicious email, or visits a malicious website for example, which allows the ransomware to exploit a vulnerability and gain complete control of the machine.

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Malicious WordPress plugin site

Malicious WordPress Plugin Adsense High CPC

While scanning website files, SiteLock SMART flagged three particular files as suspicious.  Inspection of the files by the SiteLock research team ultimately determined that a malicious WordPress plugin was being actively hosted, used by unsuspecting site owners, and spread via YouTube.

In the following article, we will:

  • detail the malware contained in the malicious plugin
  • reveal the relationships between the malicious plugin and other websites
  • discuss mitigation for sites using the plugin and how to avoid such situations

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Security

What Is Security?

First, let’s tell you what security is not. Security is not safety.

Security is on everyone’s mind at this festive time of year. As more and more consumers move their shopping online, e-commerce security and the security of personal information naturally comes to the forefront. But what is security?

It’s a large and nebulous topic to which entire areas of study are dedicated, and the average website owner can’t be expected to be an expert, let alone a consumer. That’s why we’re taking this opportunity to answer this question and hopefully provide a foundation of understanding to help all site owners and consumers better assess their security needs.

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How To Distinguish Promotional Emails from Phishing Scams

Your inbox is exploding with holiday promotional emails by now. It is likely that your favorite store is offering 25% off your entire purchase, and all you have to do is “redeem now.” But before you click on that enticing link, consider who the email is actually coming from. Phishing emails are well-crafted emails that trick the user into clicking on links or attachments that collect personal and financial information or contain malware. While deals are great, think before you click, especially during the holiday season.

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SiteLock Website Security

Get to Know the Cybercriminal Hacking Your Website

The holiday season has begun and consumers are ready to shop. Retailers are stocking up on inventory, staffing for long hours and preparing for a busy quarter. As you go through your checklist to make sure your company is ready for the holidays, it’s crucial to double check your website’s security to ensure your business remains safe from cybercriminals.

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WordCamp U.S. 2015

WordCamp U.S 2015 – We Came. We Saw. We Can’t Wait to Do it Again!

We spent months planning and anticipating our first WordCamp. And not just any WordCamp, but WordCamp U.S. 2015 in Philadelphia, PA—the country’s largest WordCamp of the year. We wanted to make a good first impression. What would WordPressers think of us? Would they like us? Really, really like us? Well, we are super excited to report that not only did WordCamp U.S. 2015 knock our socks off in size and overall happiness but WordPressers—a shout out to you, one of the greatest groups of people we’ve ever met!

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