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A Major WordPress Security Risk Every Business Needs to Manage

A recent report by Sucuri has made many WordPress site owners nervous, and justifiably so.

Researchers from the website security firm found that many WordPress websites contain cryptomining codes that steal the resources from visiting computers and subsequently mine them in exchange for crypto currencies.

The majority of web users may be completely oblivious to the fact that the reason their computer’s fan is working overtime is because the website they’re viewing is engaged in a complicated number-crunching activity that is earning an unscrupulous hacker copious amounts of cash.

However, in an even more concerning twist, this particular hack isn’t limited to mining Monero. As the front end of the website is earning cryptocurrency, the back end is busy at work hosting a keylogger that steals users’ login details. As long as the keylogger is in place, any information that is input into the web forms of the affected websites will be transmitted back to the hackers… before the user has even hit the “log in” button.

The problems don’t stop there. In the event the hacker does manage to steal the administrator’s login details, they will be able to install further code that allows them to perform even more malicious activities.

According to reports issued by Bleeping Computer, to date, at least 2,000 WordPress sites have been infected with a keylogger in addition to the 5,500 WordPress sites that were hacked last month.

It’s not for the first time that we’ll stress the following: If you operate a self-hosted WordPress website, you absolutely must ensure that all plugins are updated when new releases become available.

While self-hosting a WordPress site can offer a number of distinct advantages, it is imperative that you take security into consideration at all times. Otherwise, you could be putting your own data at risk and that of any innocent browser who visits your site.

The crux of the matter is that your WordPress site is always at risk of being hacked. Any exposures could undermine your brand image and potentially lead to significant financial losses. New vulnerabilities in WordPress plugins emerge on a daily basis. Software updates are issued to address these risks and protect users. Take every action possible to safeguard your site by installing these updates.