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Episode 79: High Profile Twitter Accounts Compromised in Coordinated Attack - Wordfence Blog

A number of high profile Twitter accounts including those of Elon Musk, Apple, Uber, Bill Gates, Joe Biden and others were compromised as a part of a coordinated bitcoin scam attack. The attack lasted a few hours and netted the… Continue Reading →

Episode 78: Targeted Phishing Bypassing Security Checks and a new DDoS Record - Wordfence Blog

This week, we look at some targeted phishing attacks that are bypassing Microsoft Outlook’s protective filters, and phishing campaigns using calendar invitations to target unsuspecting recipients. We also look at some successful bitcoin scams and a new record for a… Continue Reading →

Episode 77: WordPress 5.4.2 Released, Fake Ransomware Bitcoin Scams - Wordfence Blog

This week, we look at the WP 5.4.2 release and a ransomware bitcoin scam targeting site owners with a “You’ve Been Hacked” email. We also look at an FBI warning about online banking app malware, the Verizon data breach report… Continue Reading →

Episode 76: Ongoing Attacks on WP Growing in Volume Plus Numerous Plugin Vulnerabilities - Wordfence Blog

On this week’s Think Like a Hacker podcast, we cover an active attack campaign targeting WordPress sites and numerous plugin vulnerabilities. This active attack campaign has been ongoing and has outpaced all other attacks on WordPress vulnerabilities. Our threat intelligence… Continue Reading →

Episode 75: The WordPress 5.4.1 Security Release & More Plugin Vulnerabilities - Wordfence Blog

The Wordfence Threat Intelligence team unpacked the security updates in WordPress 5.4.1, and they published quite a few blog posts about vulnerabilities in popular plugins like Ninja Forms, LearnPress, and the Real-Time Find and Replace plugin. These plugin vulnerabilities affected… Continue Reading →

Episode 74: Staying Safe When Hackers Use Sophisticated Attacks - Wordfence Blog

Stories this week about targeted attacks using 0days in iPhone and iPad devices and a sophisticated phone scam targeting a security professional that ended with a $9,800 wire transfer underscore what we all know: malicious attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated…. Continue Reading →

Episode 73: Security News and Success through Processes with Adam Silver - Wordfence Blog

The FTC is reporting numerous scams targeting fears and uncertainty, with over $12 million lost to Coronavirus-related scams. We also cover BBB warnings against oversharing on social media, over 500,000 Zoom credentials found on the dark web, Google’s removal of… Continue Reading →

Episode 72: WordPress 5.4 Released, Zoom Conferencing Safety & Security - Wordfence Blog

This week, we look at the WordPress 5.4 release which includes turning distraction free editing on by default. We also look at new plugin vulnerabilities discovered by the Wordfence Threat Intelligence team, including those found in Rank Math and a… Continue Reading →

Episode 71: Hackers Targeting COVID-19 Fears - Wordfence Blog

With many of us under either lockdown or shelter-in-place orders due to the COVID-19/Corona virus, fear and stress are rampant. This additional stress lowers our critical thinking capabilities and increases our vulnerability. Hackers targeting these human vulnerabilities are using the… Continue Reading →

Episode 70: Customer Education and Agency Resiliency with Jon Bius - Wordfence Blog

We chat with Jon Bius, a web developer at Biz Tools One, an agency in Fayetteville, NC, about how they use customer education to build relationships and differentiate their business. Jon has been helping customers build websites for over two… Continue Reading →

Episode 69: The Meteoric Growth of Elementor with Kfir Bitton - Wordfence Blog

On February 26, WordPress page building platform Elementor announced that they had received $15 million in venture funding. After topping 4 million installations of their plugin in January, it appears that Elementor is on a path to do some big… Continue Reading →

Episode 68: More Plugin Vulnerabilities and Active Attack Campaigns - Wordfence Blog

This week, we review numerous plugin vulnerabilities in popular WordPress plugins and the attacks that are targeting them. We also review the Duplicator vulnerability affecting over 1 million sites, and Chloe Chamberland’s discovery of multiple vulnerabilities in the Pricing Table… Continue Reading →

Episode 67: Avoiding Common Vulnerabilities When Developing WordPress Plugins - Wordfence Blog

Almost every week, a new vulnerability is discovered in a popular WordPress plugin or theme, leaving developers scrambling to fix it before it’s widely exploited. Surprisingly, almost all critical vulnerabilities boil down to a few common mistakes. In this talk… Continue Reading →

Episode 66: New Plugin Vulnerabilities & Succeeding as a Digital Nomad with Chloe at WCPHX - Wordfence Blog

It has been a busy week in WordPress security with active attacks on a number of plugins including ThemeRex Addons and Theme Grill Demo Importer plugins. In this week’s Think Like a Hacker, we look at what’s happening, review what… Continue Reading →

Episode 65: WordCamp Asia Cancellation Prompts Community Support - Wordfence Blog

WordCamp Asia was cancelled this week due to concerns of COVID-19/coronavirus in the region. This week, Wordfence CEO Mark Maunder talks about the decision to offer the WordCamp Asia Cancellation Fee Assistance Package to attendees, volunteers, organizers, and speakers that… Continue Reading →

Podcast Episode 64: Backdoors, Webshells, and the Growing Risks of Leaks & Breaches - Wordfence Blog

We take a look at the annual hacked site report from GoDaddy’s Sucuri Security and the types of malware they found in various CMS and shopping cart applications. Microsoft reports they’re finding 77k webshells daily, and WP Scan’s roundup lists… Continue Reading →

Podcast Episode 63: Succeeding as a Remote Working Nomad with Chloe Chamberland - Wordfence Blog

Chloe Chamberland never wanted to get into security, and yet in the last three years, she has emerged as one of our most effective and prolific threat researchers. Not only does she find vulnerabilities in numerous popular plugins, she also… Continue Reading →

Episode 62: 2019 Think Like a Hacker Highlights - Wordfence Blog

We’ve had quite a year with Think Like a Hacker, the podcast about WordPress, security and innovation. For this end of year episode, we take a look back at a few of our favorite interviews and news stories. We review… Continue Reading →

Episode 61: Improving Website Performance and User Experiences with Dave Ryan - Wordfence Blog

With Google Chrome experimenting with a badge of shame for websites that load slowly in Chrome, there is a new urgency for high performance interfaces for web users. Gatsby, Gridsome and other static site interfaces are hot in the development… Continue Reading →

Podcast Episode 60: Top WordPress Influencer Lists & Chrome Password Security Improvements - Wordfence Blog

A small furor erupted over a top influencers in WordPress list that neglected to show the diverse nature of the WordPress community. We talk about the impossibility of making an accurate list that reflects the true nature of WordPress influence… Continue Reading →

Podcast Episode 59: Mailpoet’s Kim Gjerstad on Beating Spammers and Improving Net Promoter Scores - Wordfence Blog

Kim Gjerstad, one of the founders of Mailpoet, visited with Mark at the Wordfence booth at WordCamp US. Kim and Mark talked about the origins of Mailpoet, the plugin that gives users a full email management system within the WordPress… Continue Reading →

Episode 58: Leadership and the Business of WordPress Plugins: Lessons from the Yoast Black Friday Ad - Wordfence Blog

Yoast, the SEO plugin installed on 9 million WordPress sites, ran a Black Friday sale, experimenting with an ad in the WordPress admin dashboard. The internet furor was dramatic, and Yoast’s CEO Marieke van de Rakt took ownership, showing exceptional… Continue Reading →

Podcast Episode 57: SEO Content Strategy and Lock Picking with Maddy Osman at WordCamp US - Wordfence Blog

Maddy Osman is a SEO content strategist that has worked with a number of familiar brands in both the WordPress and SaaS spaces. She spoke at WordCamp US and took some time to chat with us at the Wordfence sponsor… Continue Reading →

Episode 56: WordCamp US, WordPress 5.3 and Chrome Blocking Mixed Content - Wordfence Blog

In Episode 56, we review the premiere of Open, The Community Code, a film about the WordPress community that world premiered at Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word Keynote at WordCamp US. Mark and Kathy talk about what it was… Continue Reading →

Podcast Episode 55: Yoast’s Marieke van de Rakt & Michiel Heijmans at WordCamp US - Wordfence Blog

At WordCamp US in Saint Louis, Mark sat down with Yoast CEO Marieke van de Rakt and COO Michiel Heijmans in the Wordfence booth to talk about not only how Yoast began, but also how they’ve grown to over 9… Continue Reading →

Podcast Episode 54: The Hacker Mindset at WordCamp US - Wordfence Blog

Kathy Zant gave a presentation about The Hacker Mindset at WordCamp US 2019 in St. Louis. Learning to think like a hacker in the security realm is a big part of keeping your assets safe, and there are additional benefits…. Continue Reading →

Podcast Episode 53: WordCamp US 2019 Preview from St. Louis - Wordfence Blog

Mark and Kathy connect in person on Halloween in St. Louis to talk about what’s happening at WordCamp US. We review what’s new at WCUS, some of the more interesting sessions, and all of the fun activities Wordfence is bringing… Continue Reading →

Podcast Episode 52: Innovating for Customer Success with Andrea Zoellner - Wordfence Blog

Andrea Zoellner has been an active organizer of WordCamp Montreal and is the Chief Content Creator at hosting provider, SiteGround. Andrea focuses on supporting SiteGround customers in the North American and English-speaking market. With a background in journalism, Andrea found… Continue Reading →

Podcast Episode 51: WeWork’s Financial Woes Spark Meetup RSVP Fees and the WordPress 5.2.4 Security Release - Wordfence Blog

This week, we cover WeWork’s failed IPO and financial woes and how this likely led to Meetup’s introduction of an RSVP fee. We discuss why this decision doesn’t bode well for WeWork’s future. We also look at the WordPress 5.2.4… Continue Reading →

Podcast Episode 50: Empowering WordPress Users Through Education with Jennifer Bourn - Wordfence Blog

Jennifer Bourn has been a leader in the WordPress community for years, helping WordPress users of all experience levels get the most out of the platform. She has also created beautiful websites for recognizable brands through her design company, Bourn… Continue Reading →

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