FBI warns of web defacements by hackers using ISIS name
21 May 2015
The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning that individuals claiming to be aligned with ISIS are using vulnerabilities in plug-ins for popular web software to deface websites.
The FBI recommends that users of WordPress apply software patches to these vulnerabilities to reduce the risk of their websites being defaced.
An attacker can exploit the vulnerabilities to gain unauthorised access to computer systems or servers, enabling them to install malicious software, manipulate data or create new accounts with full user privileges for future website exploitation, the FBI says.
WordPress is one of the most popular systems used worldwide to develop and manage website content. WordPress plug-ins are programs used to add further features and capabilities to these websites.
The FBI warns that the defacements are affecting the website operations and communications platforms of news organisations, commercial entities, religious institutions, federal, state and local governments, foreign governments and ‘a variety of other domestic and international websites’.
According to the FBI, the perpetrators are not members of ISIS, but hackers using the ISIS name to increase their notoriety.
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