Ransomware now targets WordPress sites

Ransomware is a phenomenon that has grown dangerously in 2017, which has caused billions of damage to companies and people around the world, and reminded why it is important to invest in IT security.

It is called ransomware a malicious software that can penetrate via the internet into your home or business computer (or other connected device), thanks to a system vulnerability. When a certain condition occurs, ransomware make the computer data unreadable by means of  strong encryption algorithms and promises to unlock it after paying a ransom.

Usually cybercriminals require anonymous contact through the dark web and ask for payment in bitcoin.

In May and June we learned from the media about the massive attacks on WannaCry and Petya ransomware and their variants.

In August, a new ransomware emerged that attacks WordPress sites. It encrypts data and tries to extort money from the site owner.

This is an example of how an attacked site looks like while I’m writing this post (I’ve put its address in the picture):
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Magento’s critical vulnerability requires immediate update

Thanks to the work of Sucuri‘s research team, a critical security flaw has been recently discovered in the popular Magento e-commerce platform. SUPEE-7405 Multiple Update is available for patching over 20 flaws that put the site at risk of falling under the control of cyber-criminals that can exploit them.

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Server security: a poisonous threat

After heartbleed, a breakthrough new vulnerability has emerged in some of the world’s leading virtualization platforms, powering millions of VPS hosting contracts, virtual private servers, and shared hosting. This is Virtualized Environment Neglected Operations Manipulations (VENOM, English poison), which allows those who know how to exploit it to control of not only the virtual machine affected by the bug but also all those on the same hypervisor. By analogy, if someone with Heartbleed had the chance to enter your home and take possession of it, now VENOM can take control of your home and neighborhood.

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Rimuovere la Delta Search Toolbar

Delta Search Toolbar ci sta antipatica due volte perchè:

  • n.1 il nome ed il logo dell’azienda rischiano di essere confusi per somiglianza con quelli della nostra rispettabilissima web agency. Va da sè che non c’entriamo nulla con Delta Search.
  • n.2 è uno degli spyware più invadenti e tenaci che si possano trovare in circolazione (purtroppo è molto diffuso), in grado di infestare i browser Chrome, Mozilla Firefox e Internet Explorer, modificandone la home page, il motore di ricerca predefinito, le impostazioni per l’apertura di una nuova scheda, ecc.

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