You may think your WordPress website doesn’t have anything worth being hacked for, but websites are compromised every day. And although security is rarely top-of-mind when you are working away on your WordPress blog, e-commerce site or client websites, the fact is, if your website isn’t secure, you have a 1-in-3 chance of being hacked at some point. Don’t believe it? Check out this mesmerizing attack map that shows hacking in real-time. Be aware, this map reveals only the tip of the iceberg—penetration attempts against a subset of “honeypot” traps. The actual number of attacks at any given moment is significantly greater.
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As a business owner, you’re constantly thinking about how best to protect and propel your company. But there’s one component that you may have overlooked: website security. Security breaches are inevitable, yet cybersecurity is often neglected. We’ve rounded three simple steps to make sure you’re covered:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.