ISIL defacements exploiting vulnerabilities in WordPress websites

WordPress

CyberGuru has received notifications of some very important WordPress updates available that should be applied to all WordPress websites. The following paragraph is from the Internet Crime Complaint Center which has a partnership with the FBI:

ISIL Defacements Exploiting WordPress Vulnerabilities

Continuous Web site defacements are being perpetrated by individuals sympathetic to the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL) a.k.a. Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS). The defacements have affected Web site operations and the communication platforms of news organizations, commercial entities, religious institutions, federal/state/local governments, foreign governments, and a variety of other domestic and international Web sites. Although the defacements demonstrate low-level hacking sophistication, they are disruptive and often costly in terms of lost business revenue and expenditures on technical services to repair infected computer systems.

CyberGuru strongly suggest all owners of WordPress websites upgrade WordPress to the latest version. CyberGuru clients subscribing to our Website Maintenance Service will receive these as part of their subscription, however non-subscribers and clients not using our Website Maintenance Service may wish to consider subscribing.

This service will provide you with the confidence and knowledge that this website is continually maintained and updated by:

  • Creating a monthly backup of your website onto CyberGuru’s servers
  • Installing WordPress security updates and associated plugins to the latest version
  • Testing to ensure that the updates have been applied correctly on your website
  • Notifying you that the maintenance has been completed successfully

We have changed this pricing to be on a prorata basis at our hourly rate and invoiced on a quarterly basis. If you wish for CyberGuru to proceed with updating your website, either as a one-off maintenance or to Website Maintenance Service,  please contact us and we will arrange to do this for you.