Decoding Security Episode 103: Internet of Things

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.

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SiteLock Website Security Insider

Introducing the SiteLock Website Security Insider

SiteLock is excited to announce the publication of its first quarterly website security report, The SiteLock Website Security Insider Q2 2017!

The SiteLock Website Security Insider Q2 2017 includes analysis and trends based on proprietary data from over 6 million websites. The report delivers exclusive insight into the most common threats website owners faced in Q2 2017, including:

  • Malware Trends – Spam accounted for over 62% of total malware files on hacked websites in Q2 2017. This section explores malware breach incidents to determine the reach and severity of individual malware types and families.
  • Content Management Systems Risks – In Q2, 69% of infected WordPress websites were running the latest security patches for WordPress core at the time of compromise. We explore the increasing infection rates for various popular content management systems (CMS) in this section.
  • Plugin Risks – We found that WordPress websites with 20+ plugins are 3.6 times more likely to be compromised than the average website. Learn how the number of plugins can broaden a website’s attack surface and risk of compromise.
  • Website Attacks – Websites experienced 63 attacks per day, per website on average in Q2 – an upsurge from 22 attacks per day in 2016. This section discusses the common trends and prevalence of attack vectors.
  • Common Vulnerabilities – Websites with cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities averaged 74 vulnerable URLS each in Q2. Learn the prevalence of the top vulnerabilities websites faced in Q2 2017 and why they are so attractive for adversaries to exploit.
  • Social Media Risks – Websites linking to Twitter are 2.7x more likely to be compromised than the average website. As Twitter follower count increases, so does the risk. This section explores how social media can contribute to a website’s likelihood of compromise.

Research from this report will help website owners around the world prepare and respond to today’s ever-evolving cybersecurity threats. This report also presents security best practices that all website owners can leverage and easily implement into their current website strategy.

Click here to download your copy of the The SiteLock Website Security Insider Q2 2017!

secure your website

Decoding Security Episode 102: Securing Your Website

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.

If you found this week’s episode helpful, visit Decoding Security on your preferred podcasting service, including iTunes and Google Play, to leave a review and subscribe so that you don’t miss future episodes!

SiteLock

SiteLock INFINITY Wins 2017 Cloud Computing Excellence Award

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!

 

SiteLock Podcast Equihax

Decoding Security Episode 101: EQUIHAX

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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Malware

Apache Struts Vulnerability Found and Patched

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.

SiteLock

Neill Feather Named One of the Phoenix Business Journal’s Most Admired Leaders

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.”

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Malware

Magento Infection Sends Stolen Credit Card Data To Black Market

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.

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SiteLock Top Companies Award

SiteLock Named One Of the Top Companies to Work For In Arizona!

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.

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SiteLock Security By Obscurity

Security by Obscurity [Infographic – Updated Q2 2017]

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.

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