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FBI: Beware ISIS takeovers of your website

FBI: Beware ISIS takeovers of your website
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What platform do you use for your business or personal website? There's one mega-popular system that millions of websites (including mine) use to manage online content. Maybe you use it, too. Now the FBI is warning that extremist hackers could take over my site and your site to display pro-ISIS messages unless we stop them.

The site in question is WordPress, which is one of the most popular website-hosting platforms. I use it, but I keep myself protected from vulnerabilities that would lead to a hack. How? It's pretty simple.

I always check for the latest security updates and update whenever there's an opportunity. Even regular hackers that have nothing to do with ISIS and its supporters can attack a website through outdated widgets and older support software.

According to the FBI, ISIS sympathizers are targeting WordPress Web sites and the communication platforms of news organizations, commercial entities, religious institutions, federal/state/local governments, foreign governments, and a variety of other domestic and international sites.

The FBI also warns that pro-ISIS sympathizers are creating fake government websites to trick people into giving away personally identifying information, leading to identity theft and fraud.

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