Internet-connected devices can make our lives easier, from home assistants like Amazon Echo, to interactive toys like CloudPets. However, they’re also inherently insecure and easily hacked, a factor many overlook in favor of convenience. In our latest Decoding Security podcast, Website Security Research Analysts Jessica Ortega and Michael Veenstra discuss the risks of using internet-connected devices in our everyday lives, and the costs of security versus convenience.
In light of the recent Equifax breach, you may be wondering how you can secure your website and prevent a similar event from happening to you. Join Web Security Research Analysts, Michael Veenstra and Jessica Ortega, for a refresher course on the basic steps every website owner should take to protect their website from hackers and cybercriminals.
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We are excited to announce that SiteLock®INFINITY™ was recently recognized as a winner of the 2017 Cloud Computing Excellence Awards by TMC’s Cloud Computing Magazine. The Cloud Computing Excellence Awards recognize companies and products that most effectively deliver network security through cloud platforms and provide security for cloud based applications.
INFINITY is a state of the art malware and vulnerability remediation service featuring unique, patent-pending technology. INFINITY combines deep website scanning and automatic malware removal with unrivaled accuracy and frequency. Designed to scan a website from the end-user’s point of view, it catches any trace of malware before the user does.
Websites experience 22 attacks per day on average. That’s more than 8,000 attacks per year, per website, according to recent SiteLock data. SiteLock INFINITY provides always-on, continuous scanning to detect vulnerabilities and automatically remove malware the moment it hits. Once the initial site scan is complete, it scans again to ensure constant surveillance and protection with the highest degree of reliability.
Since 2008, we’ve remained dedicated to “protecting every website on the internet,” and SiteLock INFINITY helps us deliver on this mission.
Thank you to TMC’s Cloud Computing Magazine for honoring SiteLock INFINITY with a 2017 Cloud Computing Excellence Award!
Nicknamed “Equihax,” the recent Equifax breach is one of the largest data leaks in history, affecting millions of people. There has been a lot of discussion about proper incident response, and whether Equifax is following acceptable procedures.
In the debut episode of Decoding Security, SiteLock Website Security research Analysts Jessica Ortega and Michael Veenstra go beyond the cause of the breach to discuss what consumers can do to protect themselves now. And, even more importantly, what consumers can do to protect themselves going forward.
Listen to Decoding Security Episode 101: EQUIHAX
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A vulnerability was recently discovered in Apache Struts, a popular framework for web-based Java applications, which allows for remote code execution on affected servers and allows for complete control of the application. The framework is commonly used by large, sophisticated organizations such as Lockheed Martin and Citigroup, meaning the vulnerability could affect up to 65% of Fortune 100 companies, resulting in large scale data breaches and private consumer data theft.
Found by lgtm.com security researcher Man Yue Mo, the vulnerability stems from unsafe deserialization of user supplied data to the REST plugin, which allows API access to the Java application. Researchers contacted the Apache Foundation directly, allowing the plugin developers to patch the issue before widespread exploitation. As of this writing, at least one live exploit has been seen in the wild, and a Metasploit module was released.
Apache Struts joins a growing fraternity of widely used applications to see an API vulnerability this year, including WordPress and Instagram. WordPress shared a similar experience where the exploit was discovered before widespread attacks, but many users failed to update and suffered compromise and data loss. The Struts vulnerability is more complicated to exploit which should result in a less dramatic rise in attacks. Regardless, patches should be applied as soon as possible, as a proactive security stance is more effective.
Apache Struts users are urged to upgrade to version 2.3.34 or 2.5.13 respectively, and additional information is provided by Apache on the official struts webpage at: https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/WW/Version+Notes+2.3.34 and https://struts.apache.org/announce.html#a20170905.
More sophisticated exploits are likely to occur as this vulnerability is examined. The best option for mitigation is to patch Struts as soon as possible to the recommended versions and regularly check for updates. Website owners should also consider adding a web application firewall and malware scanner to mitigate or reduce the severity of compromise.
SiteLock TrueShield customers are already protected against this exploit. Attempted attacks will be caught and blocked by the TrueShield WAF. If your website isn’t protected, call SiteLock at 888.878.2417 to get TrueShield installed today.
We are thrilled to announce our president and co-founder, Neill Feather, has been recognized as a Most Admired Leader by the Phoenix Business Journal. Neill’s overwhelming contributions to the company, community and industry as a whole have earned him a spot on the publication’s exclusive list.
“It’s a great honor to be included in this year’s list of Most Admired Leaders,” said Feather. “At SiteLock, we have worked hard to strengthen ties between our company and community, so it’s very rewarding to see our efforts pay off.”
Authors: SiteLock Research Analysts, Josh Martin and Michael Veenstra
While investigating suspicious files on a customer’s eCommerce site, the SiteLock Research Team found malicious payment processing code injected into Magento application files that skimmed credit card data and administrative login credentials. The malicious code sent stolen credit card data directly to a publicly accessible carding market where victim’s card details were listed for sale. In this article we analyze the infection, take a deeper look at the carding market, and discuss ways you can keep your site and your credit card data secure.
We are excited to announce that SiteLock has been named one of the 2017 Top Companies to Work for in Arizona by azcentral.com and BestCompaniesAZ! Even more notable, we ranked #24 in our category based on employee survey results and for creating a culture that our employees love to be a part of.
We are also happy to report that our employee survey results averaged an overall favorable rate of 90 percent and an overall employee engagement score of 92 percent, which is more than double the national average, according to Denise Gredler, Founder and CEO of BestCompaniesAZ.
Many small business owners don’t realize their websites are targeted by cybercriminals. As a result, they may not have proper security in place to protect their sites in the event of a malicious cyberattack. Instead, they rely on “security by obscurity,” which implies that the less popular and attention grabbing the website, the less likely it is to be compromised.
In reality, there’s no such thing as “too small to hack.” Any business that has a website, regardless of number of features or amount of traffic, will always be at risk of cyber threats. Read our infographic to learn more.