WordPress Blogs Allegedly Defaced By Hackers

A loophole in the WordPress blogging software has allowed hackers attack and deface thousands of sites.
 A source revealed that more than 1.5 million pages on WordPress blogs have been defaced.

The cyber security firm that found the vulnerability said some hackers were now trying to use it to take over sites rather than just spoil pages.
 WordPress has urged its site owners to update software to avoid falling victim of the attack.
It was discovered that, the vulnerability is found in an add-on for the WordPress blogging software that was introduced in versions released at the end of 2016.
Sucuri (A security firm) found the severe bug and informed WordPress about it on 20th January 2017.
 WordPress said in a blogpost, that it delayed going public about the flaw so it could prompt hosting firms to update their software to a fixed version.
The patched version of WordPress was formally released on 26 January and led to many sites and blogs automatically applying the update.
 Sucuri said some hacker groups had moved on from defacement to attempts to use the bug to hijack sites from their own ends.
Sucuri founder, Daniel Cid said “Attackers are starting to think of ways to monetize this vulnerability; defacements don’t offer economic returns, so that will likely die soon.”


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