Update Your WordPress Plugins, or the Terrorists Win

This week, the FBI issued a public service announcement that ISIS/ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria/Islamic State in the Levant) sympathizers are using WordPress plugin vulnerabilities to deface websites.

FBI WordPress

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.

The PSA didn’t mention any specific compromised sites or vulnerable plugins, but several high profile plugins have reported vulnerabilities lately.

Remember, update WordPress and its plugins, or the terrorists win.

Thanks FBI!


Christian, Voluntaryist, Marine, Southerner, WordPress enthusiast.

One comment on “Update Your WordPress Plugins, or the Terrorists Win
  1. Ben says:

    Excellent plugin – thanks. I have family around Virginia Tech, since before the war (Civil War), LOL) and was stationed at Cherry Point 75 – 77.

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