Cyber Security News (12th February 2018)

  1. WordPress Update Breaks Automatic Update Feature—Apply Manual Update

WordPress is a free and open-source content management system based on PHP and MySQL. More than 74.6 Million websites are running on WordPress. The researcher has disclosed several vulnerabilities in WordPress.  WordPress version 4.9.3 was released earlier this week with patches for a total 34 vulnerabilities, but unfortunately, the new version broke the automatic update mechanism for millions of WordPress websites. If not updated manually to the latest 4.9.4 version, the bug would leave your website on WordPress 4.9.3 forever, leaving it vulnerable to future security issues.

Cyber security Tips:  Users and administrators are strongly recommended that manually update their WordPress with latest patches. To manually update their WordPress installations, admin users can sign into their WordPress website and visit Dashboard->Updates and then click “Update Now.

  1. Hackers hacked servers of Olympic organizers during opening ceremony

Olympic organizers servers were hacked during the opening ceremony on Feb. 9, as a result, their TVs at the main press center malfunctioned. According to the South Korean news agency Yonhap News, the organizers briefly shut down their own servers which temporarily closed down the official website of the 2018 winter Olympic Games. It is not cleared yet how hacker took control over the server.

Cyber Security Tips:  To prevent your web-server from being hacked, you are strongly recommended that keep your servers up-to-date, use IDS/IPS to detect malicious activities, use reputed antivirus and keep monitoring your servers.

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