(The Hosting News) –WordPress represents one of the largest online blogging platforms, used by a variety of companies and entities for the purpose of maintaining their web presences. Not surprisingly, the platform itself has also long been a common target of those who seek to disrupt stability on the web – hackers.
On Monday, online security company Websense issued a new report identifying a mass injection wave mostly effecting websites administered through WordPress software. According to the Websense, up to 200 thousand websites were effected by what the company referred to as a “well-known rogue antivirus campaign.”
According to the report, WordPress users were injected with coding and deceived into running fake antivirus software which consequently hits users with actual Trojan viruses – a tactic that has been used by online hackers for quite some time.
“The page looks like a Windows Explorer window with a “Windows Security Alert” dialogue box in it. The fake scanning process looks like a normal Windows application, however, it is only a pop-up window within the browser,” stated the report regarding the matter.
It’s an issue the web security company says it’s been tracking for months now. Additionally, Websense pointed out that majority of the victims were believed to come from the United States.
Just last year in June, hackers successfully altered several WordPress plugins including WPtouch, AddThis and W3 Total Cache. To deal with the June issue, WordPress.org asked that users change their passwords.
Operating as an online firm, Websense offers a variety of products pertaining to security for data, mobile technology, websites, email, SaaS and more. Last month, the company revealed that it had been named number one in the area web security by the International Data Corporation. For more information regarding the matter, view a blog post by Websense here (community.websense.com).