Using Innocent Roles to Hide Admin Users

All across the internet, we find guides and tutorials on how to keep your WordPress site secure. Most of them approach the concept of user roles, but not many actually approach the capabilities of those roles. The way the capabilities are handled on WordPress makes it quite easy to change what each role is allowed... Read More
 

Navigating Data Responsibility

As we take a step back and think about how much the Internet has grown over the past 20 years, we realize how much content/data has been made available to everyone. Moving forward, there’s no reason to expect data availability to slow down. In fact, insideBIGDATA claims: There are many sources that predict exponential data... Read More
 

XSS Injection Campaign Exploits WordPress AMP Plugin

News broke last week disclosing a number of vulnerabilities in the AMP For WP plugin, installed on over 100,000 WordPress sites. WordPress contributor Sybre Waaijer identified the security issue and confidentially disclosed it to the WordPress plugins team. To exploit the flaw, an attacker needs to have a minimum of subscriber-level access on a vulnerable site. This... Read More
 

A Scam-Free Cyber Monday for Online Businesses

Every year we see an increase in website attacks during the holidays.  While business owners see their sales go up due to promotional Black Friday and Cyber Monday campaigns, hackers are in the background working nonstop to create malicious, fraudulent websites as well as take advantage of legitimate ones. Main Cyber Monday Threats Phishing Pages One... Read More
 

PCI for SMB: Requirement 9 – Implement Strong Access Control Measures

Welcome to the sixth post of a series on understanding the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard–PCI DSS. We want to show how PCI DSS affects anyone going through the compliance process using the PCI SAQ’s (Self Assessment Questionnaires). In the previous articles written about PCI, we covered the following: Requirement 1: Build and Maintain... Read More
 

Real-Time Fine-Tuning of the WAF via API

Though the Sucuri Firewall is simple to set up and protects your website immediately, it’s possible to have granular control of the WAF by using an API. For instance, there’s a specific filter inside the WAF dashboard called Emergency DDoS. This filter basically increases the strength of the DDoS protection to an “emergency” level where... Read More
 

Hackers Change WordPress Siteurl to Pastebin

Last Friday, we reported on a hack that used a vulnerability in the popular WP GDPR Compliance plugin to change WordPress siteurl settings to erealitatea[.]net. At that time it was not clear who was behind the massive attack, since the erealitatea[.]net domain didn’t work and the infection simply broke the compromised sites. Our SiteCheck scanner... Read More
 

Erealitatea[.]net Hack Corrupts Websites with WP GDPR Compliance Plugin Vulnerability

We have noticed a growing number of WordPress-based sites that have had their URL settings changed to hxxp://erealitatea[.]net. Further investigations show that the issue is related to a security vulnerability in the WP GDPR Compliance plugin for WordPress (with 100,000+ active installations). The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws in the EU have made... Read More
 

Trends Emerging Following Vulnerability In WP GDPR Compliance Plugin

Earlier this week the WP GDPR Compliance plugin was briefly removed from the WordPress.org repository after the discovery of critical security issues impacting its users. In yesterday’s post, we provided some details regarding these issues and illustrated their severity. In the hours since that post was published, our team has continued tracking the adversaries seeking... Read More