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SWF Files Injecting Malicious iFrames on WordPress, Joomla Sites

Researchers have seen an uptick in Adobe Flash .SWF files being used to trigger malicious iFrames across websites.

Several hundred WordPress and Joomla websites have been swept up in the campaign, first observed by researchers at the firm Sucuri last November.

“Though it’s uncertain how many iterations existed in the wild when we first reported the issue, this time we’ve found a lot of websites where the infection looks similar,” Peter Gramantik, a senior malware researcher at the firm wrote Thursday.

According to Gramantik the infection is clearly marked by a .SWF file with three random characters as a name that’s stored in a site’s images/banners/ folder. As far as the firm has seen, each file has a random hashed ID parameter attached to the end of it.

While the malware’s variable names, coding logic, and UserAgent remain the same, one of the main differences from last November’s version of the campaign and this one is that this incarnation has spread to from Joomla sites to WordPress sites. As is to be expected, the website delivering the malicious payload has changed as well.

The .SWF files, also known as small web format files, inject an invisible iFrame, which can go on to drop other exploits.

Source: https://threatpost.com/

"Distrust and caution are the parents of security" - Benjamin Franklin

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Which Nonprofit Rules Social Media?

Below is an infographic on which nonprofits impact on social media.

who rules social media

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WordPress to Remain Most Attacked Platform, Researchers Say

WordPress to Remain Most Attacked Platform, Researchers Say

Cyber-criminals continue to focus on the popular open-source Web content management platform and its ecosystem of plugins, according to researchers.

Over the past two years, cyber-criminals have focused more heavily on attacking Websites based on the WordPress content management system and its ecosystem of software plugins.

The trend will continue in 2015, driven by the lack of security awareness among WordPress' large user base and the lack of security expertise among its plugin developers, according to experts.

In 2014, attacks against WordPress sites were more numerous than the attacks against all other platforms combined, stated a report published by security firm Imperva. This is not surprising, considering that nearly 24 percent of Websites use WordPress, according to Internet survey group W3Techs.

Brute-force password-guessing attacks and exploitation of vulnerable plugins are two common vectors of attack.

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Google's bug-hunting hacker team is infuriating Microsoft and Apple

Google's bug-hunting hacker team is infuriating Microsoft and Apple

Is Google being a bully?

Google is continuing to investigate potential security flaws in its competitors' software and threatening to publicly disclose these vulnerabilities if they are not patched within 90 days, despite a lukewarm response from targets like Microsoft and Apple, Bloomberg reports.

"Project Zero," which is made up of an all-star team of security researchers, has been running since July 2014. But the effort has become more of a hot button issue recently after Google revealed at least two high-profile security bugs in Microsoft's Windows, prompting a aggravated response from the software giant.

In the most recent instance, in January, Microsoft had actively been working on a patch for a bug in Windows 8.1, and asked Google to hold fast until "Patch Tuesday," Microsoft's established date for the roll-out of bug fixes. This gives companies time to test patches before deployment. But Google refused to bend on its standard 90-day deadline.

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WordPress vs. Joomla -- A Perspective

WordPress vs. Joomla -- A Perspective

By Daniel Threlfall

You're about to witness a showdown between the world's two most popular open-source CMSs — WordPress and Joomla. The WordPress vs. Joomla question is kind of like a high school rivalry. Or maybe, it's like the old Mac vs. PC debate. Thankfully, the discussion below is civil. My perspective claims WordPress as the winner.

In my roles as site editor and SEO consultant, I've used both WordPress and Joomla. Working at an agency provided opportunity to collaborate with designers, network admins, developers, and coders on the various advantages and disadvantages of respective CMSs. This article admits that CMS is a context-dependent choice, but advances the merits of WordPress as opposed to Joomla.

Your CMS — Your Choice

I picked WordPress for a variety of reasons outlined below. You may prefer Joomla. That's fine, and we're not going to call you names. Joomla and Wordpress are both fine CMSs. Joomla may actually be better for you. Different users have different needs, and different CMSs serve those different needs.

Thus, with that disclaimer firmly in place, here are the reasons why I prefer WordPress over Joomla.


I'm a believer in the "safety in numbers" of CMSs. If there are millions of people using something, there's probably something good going on. WordPress and Joomla are the world's most-used CMSs. However, WordPress is far more popular than Joomla. WordPress was founded in 2003, and Joomla in 2005. Over that time, WordPress's growth has exponentially exceeded Joomla's, owning a whopping 55.1% of the market share, as opposed to Joomla's 8.8%. Furthermore, when WordPress receives a vote of confidence from some of the most intelligent developers I know, I have a greater appreciation of its capability and longevity. Of course, merely because something is popular doesn't make it the best. Granted. However, we're going to consider another factor below that flows directly from the popularity issue.

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