Ivan has been very bad recently

Wordfence has been studying this IP address that is located in St. Petersburg, Russia. They report that it is by far the source of the most attacks on WordPress powered web sites in the past week.

Here is their article about it. It includes some interesting data about the themes and plugins that have been attacked.


Quality Matters

Every web site owner puts up a web site and hopes that people will visit it.

Some will employ Search Engine Optimization techniques to get visitors by carefully crafting the content and infrastructure of their site on their own. Others will hire a third-party company to help them with it. Is the effort worth the investment in time and money when the rules keep changing?

Quality content is the primary ingredient needed for web site success, according to Catalin Zorzini. Here is an article he has written that provides us with a good perspective on the state of SEO, search engines, web visitors and the tug-of-war that each deal with to gain eyeballs.


Mossack Fonseca Breach – WordPress Revolution Slider Plugin Possible Cause

Wordfence has a theory on how the Mossack Fonseca Breach (Panama Papers) occurred. Here is their article that discusses what their analysis has revealed — how one outdated and vulnerable plugin led to the release of 11.5 million documents. The data breach has so far brought down the Prime Minister of Iceland and surrounded Russian President Putin and British Prime Minister David Cameron with controversy, among other famous public figures.

Here is the link to the Wordfence article: https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2016/04/mossack-fonseca-breach-vulnerable-slider-revolution/


Recovering Website SEO After a Hack

Wordfence has published an article for web site owners who have experienced a hack and how to recover from the loss of SEO ranking.

If your site has been hacked and you have successfully cleaned your site and closed the security hole the attacker used to gain access, you’ll need to recover any damage done to your SEO ranking and reputation.

Here is the link to article:


Get Rid of Data to Help Secure It

Mike Dahn, the co-founder of the BSides information security conferences, chats with Mark Maunder of Wordfence about how vendors can be more secure in today’s world.

In the interview Mike said that “the best way to secure data is to get rid of it“.

Mark’s blog post about the interview expands on this point by describing various ways to getting rid of the data. His post includes the video embedded below. Read Mark’s blog post at https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2016/03/get-rid-of-data-to-secure-it/