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What Hackers Do With Compromised WordPress Sites

Defaced Site / Took Offline In some cases hackers replace your content with their own. The most common was political content from terrorist groups and the like. The next most common was hackers simply bragging that they hacked your site. In all of these cases the attacker is doing absolutely nothing to obscure what they …

How Attackers Gain Access to WordPress Sites

Plugins Are Your Biggest Risk Plugins play a big part in making WordPress as popular as it is today. As of this writing there are 43,719 plugins available for download in the official WordPress plugin directory. That is an incredible selection of plug and play software. But you obviously need to be careful with them, …

6 Million Password Attacks in 16 Hours and How to Block Them

Last week in the President’s cyber security op-ed in the Wall Street Journal he implored Americans to move beyond simple passwords and to enable two factor authentication or cellphone sign-in. One of the things we monitor at Wordfence is the number of brute force attacks on WordPress websites. Brute force attacks are password guessing attacks, where an …

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Apple says No to FBI request to hack terrorist’s iphone

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook said that the FBI request that the company develop software to hack into one of its own devices, an iPhone 5c, used by gunman Syed Rizwan Farook, would set a dangerous precedent that could compromise security for billions of customers. The government, Cook contends, is asking Apple to create a …

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Hospital pays $17,000 ransom to malware hackers

The Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center has paid a ransom of $17,000 to hackers who managed to install a malware on the hospitals computers. The ransom was paid in bitcoins, the crypto currency that is practically impossible to trace and is the choice currency for under-the-radar cyber transactions by cyber criminals. “The malware locks systems by …

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