Internet Security

Is the BT Infinity / Broadband hub safe?

You may have seen in the news this week that some routers are failing security tests putting home computers at serious risk of being hacked. Over the past week owners of Linksys and Asus routers have experienced hacking attacks which are exploiting loopholes in the built-in firewalls. The Moon virus A virus, called The Moon, has been…

Windows Security and the W3C Validators Telephone Scam

Just had a telephone call from India telling me they were representing the Windows Security Centre and that my Windows Inique ID had been shared with up to 4 other people, that my computer had been hacked and that my operating system would soon be switched off! At first I thought that this was the…

Basic WordPress Security

I run several WordPress sites which have not been updated for ages. None have been hacked. I feel the need for a new blog post….  WordPress Security Keep it updated If you only update from a few select locations and have static IP, block all but your IP from access /wp-admin – see below for…

WordPress Password Hijkack? pwd = W1seb0x50

As I have mentioned before I run several WordPress sites, and on them I have a firewall that reports any odd goings ons. Today a bunch of sites had this warning: WordPress Firewall has detected and blocked a potential attack! Web Page:   www.***********.co.uk/wp-login.php Warning: URL may contain dangerous content! Offending IP:   178.137.94.88 [ Get IP location ] Offending Parameter:  …

Another Russian Invasion – WordPress Uploadify Targeted

Uploadify.php is a jQuery plugin that provides a way to upload files to a Wordpress blog without having to use the Media Upload in the admin area. Unfortunately, the plugin and theme developers do not update them, but people still use them. If you use uploadify as a standalone plugin you would have received an update.

WordPress Vulnerability Being Pounded – Front End Upload Plugin

I run a few WordPress sites (this is one of them) and today have seen several attacks coming in (all bouncing off the firewall). The latest seems to be attacking a vulnerability in a WordPress plugin called Front End Upload. The URL people are hitting is /wp-content/plugins/front-end-upload/upload.php Front End Upload requires WordPress 3.2 or higher, so…

New Waves of Timthumb Attacks on my WordPress Blogs

Once again my firewalls are bouncing off attacks. In the last week all my sites have been targeted many times. All attacks are looking for weaknesses in the same places – Timthumb.php plugins within some WordPress themes. Now, I am not a techy really, or a developer / coder, so what I am about to…

Virus Alert of the Day – Postcard from Hallmark

If you use Facebook you are probably very used to sort of hoax virus alerts. I am still not sure what the point of them is. Here is the one I saw today: Please forward this to all e-mails. VIRUS COMING ! Hi All, I checked with Norton Anti-Virus, and they are gearing up for this virus! I checked Snopes ….. is it real?

Koobface Facebook Trojan On The March Again

Reports in that the Koobface virus/trojan than sometimes plagues Facebook is back on the march again. Of course, these reports may not be very reliable, as they are from personal status updates on Facebook! Just spotted this Facebook status update: “Virus spreading like wildfire on Fb and My Space! It is a trojan worm called…

New Amazon Phishing Scam on the Rise

Quick warning – just read about a new phishing scam that targets Amazon customers. This one is a be advanced than the usual, designed in trick more people into handing over their private data to the scammers. In this new Amazon scam you will receive an email which will look genuine. The email address will…