On April 7 the FBI issued a public warning to wordpress users. ISIS/ISIL supporters are using vulnerabilities to attack wordpress websites. Yes, photographers this means you!
“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.”
I’m no computer security expert but immediately I updated all of my wedding photography website to the latest version of wordpress and updated my plugins as well.
The FBI recommends the following actions be taken:
- Review and follow WordPress guidelines:
- Identify WordPress vulnerabilities using free available tools such as
- Update WordPress by patching vulnerable plugins:
- Run all software as a non-privileged user, without administrative privileges, to diminish the effects of a successful attack
- Confirm that the operating system and all applications are running the most updated versions
Are you worried about a low level attack? Is this FBI fear mongering? Let us know what you think in the comments.
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