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Hackers Target Websites with Fresh WordPress Installs.

 Within recent months SonicWall Threat Research Labs recently received reports of attackers targeting newly installed WordPress sites. Attackers search for the following phrases:

  • WordPress
  • Setup Configuration File

If both phrases exist, then it is possible that the site has WordPress installed but has not been configured properly. In fact, doing a Google search for the above, results in many vulnerable sites.

Once the attacker has control over the WordPress website running in the target server, the attacker can do any of the following:

  1. Use the WordPress website for hosting malware, exploit kits, etc.
  2. Use the WordPress website as a launching pad to attempt control of the server. This can be done by executing specially crafted PHP scripts.

  

If an attacker finds your fresh install, they can easily click through the first two steps and then enter their own database server information in this final step. Their database can be on their own server, and it doesn’t have to contain any data – it can simply be an empty database. They just need to get a working WordPress installation running on your site that they have admin access to.

Once this step is complete, WordPress confirms that it can communicate with the database – in this case, the attacker’s database:

  

Nonsense Facebook Messenger is not listening to or tracking our every move.facebook disable microphone access

Did you know that the Facebook mobile app has access to your smartphone microphone? And recently, a conspiracy theory that the mobile app listens to your conversations for advertising purposes went viral so Facebook had to issue a statement denying that claim.

“Facebook does not use microphone audio to inform advertising or News Feed stories in any way. Businesses are able to serve relevant ads based on people’s interests and other demographic information, but not through audio collection,” said Facebook in a recent blog post. "We only access your microphone if you have given our app permission and if you are actively using a specific feature that requires audio. This might include recording a video or using an optional feature we introduced two years ago to include music or other audio in your status updates." Facebook also requires microphone access to record and share live video for the Facebook Live feature. 

 

Consumer Reports Original Ransomware Interview With Short Circuited Consumer Services Owner Raul Glasgow

 

 

Happened to me ransom

Consumer Reports Article Raul Glasgow and Short Circuited Computer Services Referenced

By Raul Glasgow, Owner, Shortcircuited Computer Repair Services, Brooklyn, New York

I do info-tech consulting and computer repair. I’m basically the computer guy for a number of dental and medical offices. One day last summer I got up and checked on the server where I keep my website—and the site was just gone. The files were encrypted, and I saw a message appearing in a pop-up window.

This wasn’t the first time I’d encountered ransomware, so I knew what the message was going to say: To get the files back I’d have to pay the hackers in bitcoin, a digital currency.

I started seeing ransomware attacks targeting some of my clients two or three years ago, and since then it’s become more common.

The first time it was a dental office, and they were being told to pay about $2,000 in bitcoin to get their files back. But we were worried they could lose the money if the hackers didn’t actually restore the files—after all, we didn’t know who these guys were. We ended up wiping everything and starting fresh with a new computer. We could do that because everything was backed up.

The FCC wants to repeal net neutrality, and it just made its opening move

Network neutrality is the idea that your cellular, cable, or phone internet connection should treat all websites and services the same. Big companies like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast want to treat them differently so they can charge you more depending on what you use.Network neutrality is the idea that your cellular, cable, or phone internet connection should treat all websites and services the same. Big companies like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast want to treat them differently so they can charge you more depending on what you use.
If you like the current state of the internet, you should know about net neutrality. 
Internet is built around the idea of openness. It allows people to connect and exchange information freely. 
Much of this is because of the idea of net neutrality. 
If you like the current state of the internet, you should know about net neutrality. Many web users are aware of it.

Short Circuited Founder Raul Glasgow Does a CBS 12 News Interview about Ransomware.

 

 Ransomware is a new form of computer malware that is rapidly developing and spreading in the New York City area. NYC Brooklyn Computer Repair owner Raul Glasgow does an interview for CBS News 12 about the rise of ransomware and his experiences with the malware..

The malicious programs infect machines then encrypts user files with an unbreakable encryption code.

 

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