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Fake WordPress plugins again allowing hackers into unsecured sites

Posted On: 21 Oct 2019   |   Posted By: TechRadar

Fake WordPress plugins again allowing hackers into unsecured sites

Security researchers from the web security and protection company Sucuri have discovered that cybercriminals are using malicious plugins, which hide in plain sight and serve as backdoors, to gain access to and maintain a foothold on WordPress sites. The firm found that two of these fake plugins with backdoor functionality, named initiatorseo or updrat123 by their creators, were observed cloning the functionality of the popular backup and restore WordPress plugin UpdraftPlus. Fake plugins can easily be created using automated tools or by injecting malicious payloads such as web shells within the source code of legitimate plugins. These malicious plugins also don't show up inside of a compromised website's WordPress dashboard as they were designed to remain out of sight.
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