This past weekend we found ourselves at WordCamp San Diego…and it was classy. This came as no surprise as the WordCamp theme was “Stay Classy,” a line taken from the comedy gem Anchorman set in the same city. SiteLock was a Gold sponsor (classy!) and along with our seasoned WordCamp goer Adam Warner, our own Web Security Consultant Managers, JC Bustillos and Evan Richardson, also attended the event.
This past weekend we found ourselves at WordCamp Atlanta, one of the largest WordCamps in the country. Because this event fell on the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, the theme was “Find your Pot of Gold with WordPress.” This theme was pervasive throughout the entire weekend, even the various speakers built this theme into their sessions!
SiteLock was lucky enough to sponsor the event (no pun intended) and Adam Warner, one of our staples in the WordPress community, had the pleasure of presenting his own story of finding WordPress.
This article was co-authored by Security Researcher Wyatt Morgan from SiteLock Research.
In the continuing saga of the WordPress REST API vulnerability in WordPress 4.7 and 4.7.1, SiteLock has identified that at least one hacker has launched a campaign specifically attempting remote code execution (RCE) on WordPress websites. The attacks aim to take advantage of WordPress websites using plugins that enable PHP to run inside of posts. If successful, the attack injects a line of code that ultimately downloads a series of malicious files from a Pastebin repository. These malicious files are used to install backdoors and automatically steal information from websites. When unsuccessful at remote code execution, the attack overwrites existing posts and leaves behind PHP shortcode.
The end of 2016 is just around the corner—four days in fact—and it has been an incredible year for WordCamps. According to WordCamp Central, there were over 115 camps in 2016 alone, with 65 taking place outside of the U.S. There is no question that WordPress is changing the lives of people globally.
WordCamps bring value to the WordPress community. They inspire and give us the ability to learn from each other. 2016 marked an opportunity for the SiteLock team to immerse itself. We experienced camps large and small, from the U.S. to Canada to Vienna, Austria. We met innovators, developers, bloggers and brand-new users. It was amazing to shake hands and hear how people are changing their lives (and the world) with WordPress.
Last week SiteLock deployed en masse eight members of our team to Philadelphia to begin preparations for the upcoming WordCamp US 2016 as both a sponsor and a thought leader for security in the WordPress community. This year the day before #WCUS was very special not only because we got to flex our muscles hauling and setting up sponsor booth equipment, but because for the first time ever, Post Status organized the one-day conference Publish. The event focused on WordPress professionals was hosted within walking distance of the WCUS venue in Commerce Square at the heart of Philadelphia.
Now back at our home bases, we’re still feeling the high from the most amazing WordCamp we’ve been to so far—@WordCampUS 2016.
It was one year ago when we sponsored and attended our first WordCamp ever, the inaugural WordCamp US. Since then, we’ve sponsored camps throughout the world and SiteLock evangelists Logan Kipp and Adam Warner have racked up a lot of frequent flier miles attending over 40 camps. After the great time we had at the first #WCUS, we knew we would return, and return we did. We were fortunate to be selected as a Commonwealth sponsor this year and with that, eight of us boarded planes from around the country and headed for Philadelphia. We were expecting big things, but we were not prepared for just how great it ended up being. Hundreds of t-shirts, Wapuu stickers and pins, and countless “We’ve Got Your Back” massages later, the interesting people we met and new friends we made at WordCamp US 2016 all made for an absolutely amazing time.
I met up with fellow speaker Christie Chirinos at the inaugural WordCamp Pittsburgh a few camps ago and sat down to learn a little bit about what she does for Caldera Labs as both a Partner and the Business Manager for the team.
Last week I attended and spoke at WordCamp Louisville. I’d been to Louisville once before in 2001 for the Kentucky Derby, and I can say without reservation that #WCLOU was much more productive than a horse race. I also didn’t lose any money;)
This weekend I skipped on up to one of our Four Corners partners, Colorado, to attend WordCamp Denver. This year’s two-day #WCDenver took place at the Springhill Suites by Marriott in downtown Denver with two tracks, the Ballroom and the Events Lab. The venue’s proximity to the heart of downtown Denver made the walk an easy one to local cultural landmarks.
This past weekend took me to Nebraska to attend and speak at WordCamp Omaha. It was my first time to this camp and also to Nebraska. Omaha is a lively city with a rich history and the event was an interesting one with a unique schedule and sessions.
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