Security Alerts & News
by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#1979 Virally growing attacks on unpatched WordPress sites affect ~2m pages
Attacks on websites running an outdated version of WordPress are increasing at a viral rate. Almost 2 million pages have been defaced since a serious vulnerability in the content management system came to light nine days ago. The figure represents a 26 percent spike in the past 24 hours.

A rogues' gallery of sites have been hit by the defacements. They include conservative commentator Glenn Beck's glennbeck.com, Linux distributor Suse's news.opensuse.org, the US Department of Energy-supported jcesr.org, the Utah Office of Tourism's travel.utah.gov, and many more. At least 19 separate campaigns are participating and, in many cases, competing against each other in the defacements. Virtually all of the vandalism is being carried out by exploiting a severe vulnerability WordPress fixed in WordPress version 4.7.2, which was released on January 26. In an attempt to curb attacks before automatic updates installed the patch, the severity of the bug—which resides in a programming interface known as REST—wasn't disclosed until February 1.
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#1990 Security and privacy guidelines for the Internet of Things (IoT)
#1989 Mirai widens distribution with new Trojan that scans more ports
#1988 Marcher - Android banking Trojan on the rise
#1987 IBM integrates Watson into its security operations platform
#1986 Sage 2.0 ransomware delivered by Pandex spambot, mimics Cerber routines
#1985 New wave of cyberattacks against global banks linked to Lazarus cybercrime group
#1984 Now sites can fingerprint you online even when you use multiple browsers
#1983 Ultranationalist developer behind SerbRansom ransomware
#1982 Firefox Focus privacy scandal
#1981 Attackers target dozens of global banks with new malware
#1980 ElcomSoft extracts deleted Safari browsing history from iCloud
#1979 Virally growing attacks on unpatched WordPress sites affect ~2m pages
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