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15 February 2017

Who Got Hacked This Week?

Note:  Each week we bring you the latest hacking news on
the internet.  Read on to find out who and what was
hacked this week.
We are posting just two examples from this article. Click on the article title to read more.

Who Got Hacked This Week? Feb. 11 Edition
by Jonathan Blackwood, techdecisions.co,
11 February 2017

Who and what was hacked this week, February 11, 2017?  Read on to find out.

Thousands of WordPress Sites Hacked

After secretly patching three security flaws over a week ago, WordPress disclosed information about a vulnerability. WordPress worked closely with security companies to install a patch before announcing the information to ensure that hackers didn’t get a chance to exploit the flaws.

However, not all websites are safe. Most WordPress sites automatically update, but for those admins that disabled the feature, the patch has yet to be installed.

The vulnerability resided in the WordPress REST API, and would allow an unauthenticated attacker to delete or modify pages on an unpatched website, and even redirect visitors to malicious exploits.

Within 48 hours of the disclosure, at least four campaigns were launched, replacing content on over 66,000 web pages.

Site admins are urged to update to the latest WordPress realease, 4.7.2, immediately.

150,000 Printers Hijacked to Print Messages

A hacker called stackoverflowin has hijacked more than 150,000 printers over the past few days.

The affected printers printed out messages with text-illustrated robots and messages saying the victims had been hacked.

The notes say the hacker is using a flaming botnet, which makes affected computers forward transmissions to other computers automatically.

Affected printer brand types include HP, Epson, Canon, Brother, Samsung, Afico, Konica Minolta, and Oki.

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