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Beware! ‘Coronavirus’ Malware Trashes Windows And Locks Out Users

Beware! ‘Coronavirus’ Malware Trashes Windows And Locks Out Users

Malware creators are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic and spreading pandemic-themed malware to demand ransom from users. Since the pandemic has started spreading, security researchers have witnessed a surge in Coronavirus themed MBRLockers.

MBRLockers are a special type of malware that modifies the master boot record (MBR) of the victim’s computer so that it shows a ransom note before Windows boots up.

There are some notorious MBRLockers like Petya and GoldenEye that encrypt partition containing partition information of drives. Thus, it becomes impossible to rebuild the MBR unless the ransom code is entered.

Recently, MalwareHunterTeam discovered a new MBRLocker named “Coronavirus” targeting users with the Covid-19.exe file.

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“coronavirus successfully installed”
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— MalwareHunterTeam (@malwrhunterteam) March 23, 2020

Once installed, the malware extracts users files to a folder in %Temp% and a batch file named coronavirus.bat is executed. Upon its execution, the extracted files

Top Security Hazards of File Upload and How to Prevent Them

Top Security Hazards of File Upload and How to Prevent Them

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File uploads are necessary for any business. You use them for services, applications, and user productivity. File uploads are a fundamental function of Content Management Systems (CMS), insurance sites, messaging applications, and healthcare portals.

However, unrestricted file uploads create an additional attack vector for cyber-criminals. In this article, you will learn about seven crucial file upload security issues, and nine methods for protecting file uploads.

File Upload Security Issues

The following list includes some of the risks when uploading files on your website.

1. Overwriting files

You can unintentionally overwrite an existing file when you upload a new file with the same name and extension.

Attackers can use the new file to launch a server-side attack if the overwritten file was critical. Server-side attacks can bring down a website, or allow attackers to upload more malicious files by changing the security settings of a server.

2. Snooping

3-Year-Old RCE Bug Puts Millions Of OpenWRT Devices At Risk

3-Year-Old RCE Bug Puts Millions Of OpenWRT Devices At Risk

OpenWRT is one of the most popular open-source operating systems powering millions of routers and other devices all over the world. A security researcher has found a critical RCE flaw in OpenWRT making a plethora of devices vulnerable to hacking.

The flaw, discovered by Guido Vranken from ForAllSecure, exists in the OPKG Package manager which is used for installing or updating updates in OpenWRT. The bug is tagged as CVE-2020-7982.

The Flaw

Vranken found that for three years, OpenWRT updates and installation files were pushed over unencrypted and insecure HTTP connections. This could allow an ill-intended hacker to deliver modified updates by bypassing the digital signature, applied before installation.

The bug initiates when the installation process of a received update begins. During the process, Vranken discovered that the SHA256Sum field, which is used for verifying the integrity of the update against SHA-256 hash, is not read correctly. The error arises

An Introduction to Cloudways: A Managed Cloud Hosting Solution

An Introduction to Cloudways: A Managed Cloud Hosting Solution

Choosing a hosting solution for your WordPress site can be a challenge. There are so many factors to consider and options to choose from.

However, if you’re trying to find a happy medium between practical and powerful, managed cloud hosting is worth considering. Managed cloud hosting platforms such as Cloudways are becoming increasingly popular among WordPress users, thanks to the convenience, security, and scalability they offer.

In this post, we’ll discuss the benefits of using managed cloud hosting for your WordPress site. Then we’ll introduce you to Cloudways and its key features and pricing, as well as how to get started with it. Let’s jump in!

Why You Should Consider Managed Cloud Hosting for Your WordPress Site

Shared hosting can be a hassle. It doesn’t always offer top-notch security and site speed can often be an issue. On the other hand, your business may not be at the level (or budget) of dedicated hosting.

This is why many WordPress users are turning to cloud hosting. Unlike shared, VPS, or other traditional types of hosting, cloud hosting lets you scale up and down as needed. It’s customizable and flexible, making it so you only pay for the resources you actually use.

There are some DIY cloud hosting options. However, using these requires some technical know-how. If you’re not interested in handling your own server configuration (which is totally understandable), managed cloud hosting is the way to go.

With managed cloud hosting platforms such as Cloudways, all the technical matters are taken care of for you automatically. So you’re free to focus on other critical aspects of running your business.

Cloud hosting includes globally distributed servers, allowing you to host your site in particular regions to improve loading times and reduce network latency. You can leverage features on as an as-needed basis, scaling up based on your business growth. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your WordPress site is safe and secure 24/7.

Ultimately, managed cloud hosting can help improve your site performance and enhance the user experience (UX). If you decide this is the route you want to take, the next step is choosing a platform – which is where Cloudways comes in.

Cloudways Managed Hosting: Key Features, Benefits, and Pricing

Cloudways is a managed cloud hosting platform for PHP based web applications. It offers robust, scalable, and modern features to accommodate the hosting requirements of any SMB and agency business.

The Cloudways website homepage.

Cloudways platform is intuitive and is powered by the leading cloud infrastructure providers. It allows its customers to launch servers from top cloud providers such as AWS, Google Cloud, DigitalOcean, Linode and Vultr. Together, these providers have over 60+ data centers spread across the globe.

Cloudways customers enjoy the simplicity of the platform while their websites hosted on powerful optimized managed cloud servers. Cloudways does all the heavy-lifting of keeping the server updated, patched, and secured while you as a customer can focus on growing your business.

Features and Benefits

There are many features that Cloudways offers that help make it one of the best managed cloud hosting platforms out there. While there are too many to include in one post, we’ll boil it down to some of the most important ones:

  • Powerful Hosting Stack. Cloudways runs on an optimized hosting stack that is consists of Apache + NGINX as webservers, PHP 7 support, the advanced caching mechanism (Redis, Varnish, Memcached), and CloudwaysCDN.
  • One-click staging. Testing new features (or an entire site) before taking it live is important. Cloudways makes doing so as simple as possible with its one-click staging.
  • Unlimited Websites. Cloudways does not restrict the number of websites you host on a single server. You can host as many websites as you wish and pay only for the utilized server resources.
  • Automated and daily backups. In the event anything happens to your WordPress site, it’s imperative to have a backup of your site to restore. With Cloudways, you won’t have to worry about this.
  • Built-in Content Delivery Network. With Cloudways, you can integrate CDN service for ultimate site speed optimization across the global audience.
  • Managed security. From dedicated firewalls and Two-Factor Authentication to IP whitelisting and one-click, free SSL certification installation, you have everything you need to keep your site secure.

With Cloudways, you get 24/7/365 support, which includes real-time monitoring. Plus, Cloudways is incredibly easy to set up. There is no configuration required on your end. Everything you need comes pre-installed on the server.

Pricing

Another one of the many draws of Cloudways that makes it a noteworthy managed cloud hosting solution is its flexible and transparent pricing model. It offers pay-as-you-go billing, so you only pay for the resources you actually use. In addition, you don’t have to worry about being locked into a contract.

Plans start at just $10 per month, which includes 1 GB RAM, 25 GB storage, and 1 TB bandwidth. You can choose a package that fits your budget and needs, with prices varying depending on your preferred cloud provider:

The Cloudways pricing page.

When it comes to Cloudways pricing, we’d be remiss not to mention some of the freebies included with each plan. In addition to a free SSL certificate for your site, Cloudways managed hosting plans also include free migration for your first website, as well as the freedom to host unlimited applications on any plan.

How to Get Started With Cloudways

If you’re interested in getting started with Cloudways, you can do so quickly and easily. Before committing to a plan, you can try their free trial to see whether it suits your specific needs.

To get started, simply sign up for the free trial on the Cloudways website:

The Cloudways signup page.

After you sign up, it will automatically bring you to the setup page where you can input your application server and details.

You’ll also get a welcome email to your inbox to activate your trial.

On server launch screen, simply name your WordPress site, name your server, choose your cloud provider and select the data-center nearest to your targeted audience.

The server and your WordPress site will be ready in just a few minutes!

Inside the Application Management, there are plenty of options available to help you manage complex tasks on a click of a button.

From there, you can test out using Cloudways. If you enjoy it, you can use their convenient pay-as-you-go model.

Conclusion

Your WordPress hosting plays a pivotal role in its performance and, in turn, your visitors’ experience. It’s essential to choose a solution that fits not only your storage, security, and bandwidth needs, but your budget and support preferences as well.

That’s why if you’re considering cloud hosting, we recommend checking out Cloudways managed cloud hosting platform. You won’t have to worry about overpaying for unused resources or juggling the tedious, technical tasks. They take care of all of that for you, so you can focus on your core business.

Do you have any questions about using Cloudways for managed cloud hosting? Let us know in the comments section below!

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About Will Morris

Will Morris is a staff writer at WordCandy. When he’s not writing about WordPress, he likes to gig his stand-up comedy routine on the local circuit.

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Selling Your WordPress Plugin or Theme Business

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Valuations

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