Weekend news review: December 15-19

More than 100K WordPress sites compromised by malware due to plugin vulnerability

More than 100K WordPress sites compromised by malware due to plugin vulnerability

WordPress websites are being infected with malware through a previously disclosed vulnerability in the Slider Revolution plugin. <a style="color: #FFFFFF" href="http://bit.ly/1zqLv9y" target="_blank">Read more</a>
Impact of Linux bug 'grinch' spans servers, workstations, Android devices and more

Impact of Linux bug 'grinch' spans servers, workstations, Android devices and more

Alert Logic discovered the bug, which is susceptible to exploitation due to the default installation process used by Linux. <a style="color: #FFFFFF" href="http://bit.ly/1r8O8MU" target="_blank">Read more</a>
Microsoft appeal over customer email warrant draws support

Microsoft appeal over customer email warrant draws support

Microsoft's early December appeal of the government's efforts to get customer email stored on a server in Ireland has garnered support of rivals and privacy groups. <a style="color: #FFFFFF" href="http://bit.ly/1GzFYk7" target="_blank">Read more</a>
Researchers warn of new OphionLocker ransomware

Researchers warn of new OphionLocker ransomware

OphionLocker doesn't diverge much from previous ransomware schemes, although it does generate a unique hardware ID based on the first hard drive's serial number, the motherboard's serial number and other information. <a style="color: #FFFFFF" href="http://bit.ly/1xrApD4" target="_blank">Read more</a>
Landmark HIPAA settlement confirms push to firm up patching schedules

Landmark HIPAA settlement confirms push to firm up patching schedules

Anchorage Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS) must pay $150,000 and integrate an action plan to meet HIPAA compliance. <a style="color: #FFFFFF" href="http://bit.ly/1ABj7kL" target="_blank">Read more</a>
Phishing email contains Word doc, enabling macros leads to malware infection

Phishing email contains Word doc, enabling macros leads to malware infection

An employee with PhishMe was targeted by a crafty phishing email, allowing researchers to analyze an innovative attack that results in a malware infection. <a style="color: #FFFFFF" href="http://bit.ly/1DQznnG" target="_blank">Read more</a>
Former employees sue Sony, theaters drop 'The Interview'

Former employees sue Sony, theaters drop 'The Interview'

Four former Sony workers have filed two class-action suits claiming the company failed to plug security holes and protect their personal data. <a style="color: #FFFFFF" href="http://bit.ly/1xrFpaI" target="_blank">Read more</a>
Critical 'Misfortune Cookie' bug puts millions of internet-connected routers at risk

Critical 'Misfortune Cookie' bug puts millions of internet-connected routers at risk

The vulnerability can enable attackers to steal credentials and personal and business data, as well as infect machines with malware. <a style="color: #FFFFFF" href="http://bit.ly/1GzGAXb" target="_blank">Read more</a>
Telecommunications companies on the line with FTC, FCC for cramming schemes

Telecommunications companies on the line with FTC, FCC for cramming schemes

Two major telecommunications companies are under fire from the FTC and FCC for their "cramming" practices. <a style="color: #FFFFFF" href="http://bit.ly/1DRXYbE" target="_blank">Read more</a>

Sony's breach continued to worsen this week with the attackers successfully getting the studio to cancel its premiere of The Interview and pull it from theaters. A landmark case was made under HIPAA compliance, which could have major implications for IT security professionals at medical service providers. For a closer look at these articles, click here to visit our news section.

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