Fake WordPress Functions Conceal assert() Backdoor

A few weeks ago, I was manually inspecting some files on a compromised website. While checking on a specific WooCommerce file, I noticed something interesting. Among 246 other lines, this very specific part stood out to me: $config = wp_dbase_config_init(‘_as_sert’); For those readers familiar with PHP functions commonly misused by hackers, you may have already More Info »

Hackers Love Expired Domains

Sometimes, website owners no longer want to own a domain name and they allow it to expire without attempting to renew it. This happens all the time and is totally normal, but it’s important to remember that attackers regularly monitor domain expirations and may target certain domains that meet specific criteria. Vendor domains can be More Info »

PrestaShop SuperAdmin Injector and Login Stealer

According to W3Tech’s data, PrestaShop is among the most popular CMS choices for existing ecommerce websites, so it should come as no surprise that malware has been created to specifically target these environments. We recently came across an infected PrestaShop website with malware which was automatically injecting a super admin PrestaShop user whenever the website More Info »

Evasive Maneuvers in Data Stealing Gateways

We have already shared examples of many kinds of malware that rely on an external gateway to receive or return data, such as different malware payloads. During a recent investigation, we came across this example of a PHP script that attackers use for many different purposes. What makes the sample interesting is that alongside this More Info »

Code Comments Reveal SCP-173 Malware

We sometimes find malware code injections that contain strange code comments, which are normally used by programmers to annotate a section of code — for example, a short description of a feature or functionality for other developers to reference. Oftentimes, hackers aren’t interested in leaving comments describing how their injected malware works. Instead, they use More Info »

Sucuri Sit-Down Episode 4: XSS & WP Plugin Vulnerabilities with Antony Garand

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and we’re back with analyst Antony Garand to take a deeper look into cross site scripting (XSS) attacks and WordPress plugin vulnerabilities. Plus, host Justin Channell will catch you up on the latest website security news from the Sucuri blog. For further reading about any of these topics, More Info »