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Cambridge Wordpress: Security The Impacts of a hacked website 7:15 for 7:30

Today, with the proliferation of open-source technologies like WordPress people around the world are able to quickly establish a virtual presence with little to no cost.

In the process however, a lot is being lost in terms of what it means to own a website. We are failing each other, we are not setting ourselves up for success. We are learning the hard way what large organisations already learned – being online is a responsibility and will eventually cost you something.

Steven Watts of WP Shrug has kindly volunterred  to talk around the motivations behind hackers and what the impacts of these hacks are to your website and your business.

Simon Bragg of Sibra will talk about WordFence. Everyone welcome to contribute.

FYI Mossack Fonseca of Panama Papers fame, was hacked because they didn't update their Revolution Slider for about 3 years. So, a well known bug in an early version allowed a hacker to access Wordpress, and then gain control of their server. Unfortunately, they also kept all their client documents on this server.

Usual format:

• Everyone introduces themselves: 20 seconds max mainly about involvement with wordpress.

• Up to four 3 minutes talk about: pitches, discoveries, news, questions.

• Presentation.

• Discussion of presentation

• Beer

Looking forward to seeing you.




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  • Peter_S

    Hi all, I mentioned that I had tried a tool for filtering referral spam in Google Analytics. Seems to work well for me, its http://gaspamfighter.com/ Anyone else using/heard of it?

    May 20

    • Steven W.

      .com not .con

      May 20

    • Simon B.

      Dear Peter - thank you, am trying it. Couldn't find anything negative about it, although deeply suspicious that my GA data will be used against me, in some way. Don't fully understand their business model.

      May 22

  • Rob C.

    I'm really interested in the talks, but I've just got too much to do today, alas. It would be great if slides could be made available though, and I really hope to come along next time.

    May 16

    • Steven W.

      Hi Rob, I'll summarise in a blog post for you. Good to hear you're busy :)

      1 · May 18

  • Steven W.

    April 29

  • Ben A.

    Hi all, finally got round to uploading my typography slides :) http://benattenborough.github.io/wp-presentations/typography/index.html
    I've created a index for all my presentations. I'd like to add presentation from other members if everyone is happy with that in order to build up an awesome list of WordPress guides. See the index here: http://benattenborough.github.io/wp-presentations/

    If you are happy for your presentation to go up (Adam and Will so far) let me know in the comments.

    April 16

  • Will H.

    Sorry, I'll be in America for this one. I think that Mossack Fonseca had numerous vulnerabilities, not just Wordpress.

    April 13

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