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More than 300K plus websites got effected due to SQL Injection Vulnerability by a report published by Sun Cyber Security Research.
How was the attacker targeting the sites?
The first step of any hacker (attacker) is to find popular plugins and check the list of bugs or know issues in the previous versions of the plugins.
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Now the hacker will find the websites that use this plugin and hack or attack the website and damage it.
What are SQL Injection and its causes?
SQL injection is an injecting malicious code in your database that can be used to damage your database and website. This caused because of bad or cheap coding done by the programmer.
Many programmers are not aware of standard coding and leave bugs in the code that are not visible on frontend but very useful for a hacker or attacker.
How to prevent SQL Injection attack
Preventing SQL Injection attack is very simple very few simple precautions like:
Sanitize the data that is entered into the table
Use the Post method when a form is submitted
Do not use the GET method and anybody can see the posted data.
Use mysqli as it supports PDO
Don’t allow the external script to post data, this is called CORS
Simple measures to keep your WordPress Website safe and secure
Keep updating your WordPress website
Keep all your plugins updated
Do not use keep orphan plugins
Regularly take a backup of Code, content, and database.
As your developer not to keep unnecessary comments.
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The report was published SQL Injection attack was published at WebARX on May 19th, 2020.
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