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WordPress: Compromised Sites Leaking User Credentials

Only recently there were several reports of WordPress plugins and themes with vulnerabilities:  Last week’s XSS vulnerability, multiple ones in the eCommerce shopping card plugin The CardPress, and a Zero Day exploit in WordPress 4.2.1.

This week it seems like there is yet another one. According to researchers at Zscaler there are a couple of compromised WordPress pages out there that are all leaking credentials. “The compromised sites run backdoor code, which activates when the user submits login credentials. The credentials are encoded and sent to an attacker website in the form of a GET request. Till now, we have identified only one domain “” which is collecting all the credentials from these compromised sites”, the page reads.

They conclude that WordPress, as one of the most popular Content Management Systems and blogging platforms, remains an attractive target for cybercriminals – especially due to the huge user base. Administrators should always keep their WordPress installations (including addons and themes) updated and patch as soon as there are security updates available.

If you want to find out more about the dangers you could face as a blog administrator and get some advice which might help you to protect your page, take a look at Ange Albertini’s blog article concerning the topic.

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