Robert Scoble fails to update WordPress, gets hacked

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Prominent blogger Robert Scoble, who runs the Scobleizer website, has come a cropper after hackers were able to break into his site and post links to pornographic websites.

In a posting last night on Twitter, Microsoft’s former technical evangelist wrote:

My blog was just hacked into. You MUST upgrade your WordPress to avoid being hacked. We fixed my version.

Scoble went into further detail revealing that he not upgraded his installation of blogging software WordPress to the latest version (currently 2.8.4) which fixes a vulnerability that could allow hackers to reset the blog’s administration password:

I didn’t update WordPress because I used to work at Microsoft and was scared (updates sucked 1/8th of the time).. I was using an old version of WordPress and…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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