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January 30th, 2018:

Malware – 2,000 Word Press sites infected with keylogger JAN-2018

Using special JavaScript injection on Word Press sites with weaker controls, over 2,000 infections were noted in following article.  Website ADMINS should strengthen security and users should exercise caution even when visiting legitimate sites that might seem safe.

More than 2,000 websites running the open source WordPress content management system are infected with malware, researchers warned late last week. The malware in question logs passwords and just about anything else an administrator or visitor types.

The keylogger is part of a malicious package that also installs an in-browser cryptocurrency miner that’s surreptitiously run on the computers of people visiting the infected sites. Data provided here, here, and here by website search service PublicWWW showed that, as of Monday afternoon, the package was running on 2,092 sites.

Website security firm Sucuri said this is the same malicious code it found running on almost 5,500 WordPress sites in December. “Unfortunately for unsuspecting users and owners of the infected websites, the keylogger behaves the same way as in previous campaigns,” Sucuri researcher Denis Sinegubko wrote in a blog post. “The script sends data entered on every website form (including the login form) to the hackers via the WebSocket protocol.”

The attack works by injecting a variety of scripts into WordPress websites. Besides logging keystrokes typed into any input field, the scripts load other code that causes site visitors to run JavaScript from Coinhive that uses visitors’ computers to mine the cryptocurrency Monero with no warning.

Apple iOS 11.3 – Seven features in new version

Apple iOS 11.3 addresses recent battery issues & will be introduced during spring 2018.  This article shares 7 key features in the new version:

iOS 11.3, the latest version of Apple’s iPhone and iPad operating system, is coming this spring — and it’ll offer more features than you might expect from a “.3” release. Whether you’re interested in augmented reality, cute Animoji or just a way to keep Apple from throttling your old iPhone, there’s something in this update to pique your curiosity.

Apple’s next update brings fixes for Apple’s battery snafu, new Animoji, AR upgrades and more.  Apple devs rip apart the new iOS 11.3 beta to see what the company’s changed. Apple released iOS 11.3 beta 1 to developers today.

Apple iOS 11.3 – Seven features in new version
1. Take control of your battery
2. More Animoji
3. Augmented reality goes vertical
4. AirPlay 2
5. Read and delete iMessages anywhere
6. No-hassle chat with your bank or store
7. New health records tracking facility

Facebook – Features more Local News starting JAN-2017

Facebook will shift the from its mostly national news focus to also feature more local new stories, as documented below

On Monday, Zuckerberg indicated that national issues can become divisive and problematic to building communities through the social networking service.  Move over national news. High school sports, arts, and local happenings around your neighborhood will start popping up more frequently in your Facebook News Feed.

Starting on Monday, Facebook will promote local news as part of its shift to make the social networking service better for society. “Local news helps build community—both on and offline. It’s an important part of making sure the time we all spend on Facebook is valuable,” the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post.

The change goes into effect today in the US, and will be rolled out in other countries throughout 2018. It comes as Facebook’s CEO has vowed to fight fake news on the platform, and make the service better for people’s well being.