Cybersecurity Weekly: Amazon Ring 2FA, WordPress trojan-infected themes, AdSense email extortion

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edited February 24 in Security News & Breaches
Amazon enables mandatory 2-factor authentication following recent Ring hacks. 20,000 WordPress websites were infected through trojan-infected themes. A new email extortion scheme threatens to ban Google AdSense ads. All this, and more, in this week’s edition of Cybersecurity Weekly.

1. Ring makes 2-factor authentication mandatory following recent hacks

Following several recent incidents involving hackers gaining access to people's Ring doorbell and security cameras, Amazon announced to make two-factor authentication mandatory for all Ring users. The company also added a notification for Ring accounts that alerts users anytime someone successfully logs into their account from a new device or browser.
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2. 20,000 WordPress websites infected through trojan-infected themes

An active supply chain campaign infected 20,000 websites since late 2017 via malicious WordPress themes and plugins. Security researchers believe that the number of infected sites is much higher, “potentially in the hundreds of thousands.” Once a victim uploads a trojan-infected theme, the attackers gain full control over the server.
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3. Email extortion scheme threatens to ban Google AdSense ads

A new email-based extortion scheme is currently making the rounds, targeting website owners serving banner ads through Google’s AdSense program. In this scam, the fraudsters demand bitcoin in exchange for a promise not to send junk traffic to trip Google’s automated anti-fraud systems and suspend the user’s account.
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