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Unwanted “Shorte St” Ads in Unpatched Newspaper Theme

Unwanted “Shorte St” Ads in Unpatched Newspaper Theme

Unwanted ads are one of the most common problems that site owners ask us to solve. Recently, we’ve noticed quite a few requests to remove intrusive “shorte st” ads that they never installed on their sites themselves. My colleague Denis Sinegubko of UnmaskParasites helped to investigate this case.

Shorte[.]st is a service that hijacks links, forcing visitors to view a page containing ads before they can visit the link they clicked on.

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Ask Sucuri: Differentiate Between Security Firewalls

Question: How should a website owner differentiate between Firewalls? What do they do? The term “firewall” is not new. It is common terminology in the world of technology and security, and possibly common enough that even non-technical people have a basic understanding of what a firewall is. Its meaning actually extends beyond security. The brick walls that
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WordPress Sites Leveraged in Layer 7 DDoS Campaigns

We first disclosed that the WordPress pingback method was being misused to perform massive layer 7 Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks back in March 2014. The problem being that any WordPress website with the pingback feature enabled (its default setting) could be used to attack the availability of other websites. The attacks would inundate the web server with Layer
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