Hacked WordPress sites spreading ransomware

WordPress continues to be a favourite target for people engaged in malicious activity on the web. A WordPress site that isn’t kept up to date with security patches is almost guaranteed to be compromised in some way.

There’s been a recent surge in the number of hacked WordPress sites, many of of which are infecting visitors with ransomware. If you haven’t bothered to install security updates on your computer, simply visiting a compromised site can infect it. And ransomware is not something you want to mess with.

Please, make life more difficult for the people spreading malware and compromising web sites: keep your WordPress sites, operating system, and software patched.

About jrivett

Jeff Rivett has worked with and written about computers since the early 1980s. His first computer was an Apple II+, built by his father and heavily customized. Jeff's writing appeared in Computist Magazine in the 1980s, and he created and sold a game utility (Ultimaker 2, reviewed in the December 1983 Washington Apple Pi Journal) to international markets during the same period. Proceeds from writing, software sales, and contract programming gigs paid his way through university, earning him a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree at UWO. Jeff went on to work as a programmer, sysadmin, and manager in various industries. There's more on the About page, and on the Jeff Rivett Consulting site.

2 thoughts on “Hacked WordPress sites spreading ransomware”

  1. Thank you for the post! My wife teaches at BIOLA and I told her about this and she pasted it to her students. Actually, some students are having major problems. After they were told of this, they went to IT and found and fixed some serious problems. They sent out a mass advisory but IT apparently was not aware of this and I passed this site unto them for future up to date info.

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