Security News from Around the Web

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The articles below contain news and updates on current or recent online security news from around the web. They alert you to new threats as they emerge and suggest how you can defend yourself against them.

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Alert from the the WPScan Team: a glitch in Wordfence version 7.1.12 enabled people to discover usernames if they did the username query using the ‘WWW’ version of the domain name. This was fixed in version 7.1.14 – make sure you have updated..! Stay safe, Martin MaldenOwner – WP Security Basics P.S.Is your WordPress website… Read more

There is a vulnerability in version 6.1.0 of the Breadcrumbs NavXT plugin – an excellent plugin (which I use on this site) for placing breadcrumbs on your WordPress installation. Version 6.1.0 had a weakness that allowed your username to be revealed via the REST API. The current version is 6.2.0. Make sure you have updated… Read more

WordPress Duplicator Plugin

A heads up from our friends at Sucuri: A vulnerability in old versions of the WordPress Duplicator plugin by Snap Creek is enabling hackers to either remove or re-write the wp-config.php file, which breaks the affected sites. This affects Duplicator versions lower than 1.2.42, and which have these specific characteristics:The installer.php file must have been… Read more

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Just heard from the guys at WordFence that Mozilla released an advisory explaining that nine security flaws had been discovered in Firefox 61. A new version had been released, and as long as you have automatic updates enabled Firefox will update itself. If you don’t have automatic updates enabled then you will need to do… Read more

Phishing Attack on WordPress Websites

The guys over at Sucuri have warned that a phishing attack is currently being run on WordPress websites. It appears that WordPress users are receiving an email that looks like an official email from WordPress, telling the recipients that their website database is out of date and needs to be updated. Here’s a version: There… Read more

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Hackers redirected WordPress sites to other pages Sucuri reports that a major attack on WordPress websites took place during August. You can read the technical details on the Sucuri blog. In this attack the hackers inserted scripts that redirected site visitors to random pages that contained a fake Google reCAPTCHA image. The visitors were encouraged… Read more