WordPress Blog hacked again because it is not current WordPress version.
Reuters Blog has been hacked again this week, mainly because they are running an out of date version of WordPress. And with the hacking of their blog, false news reports have been added to the blog site at Reuters. This is not exactly something that you want to see for your business and to have it happen in two separate weeks is not exactly the best of news. Others are reporting on this and at the moment, their Blog Site is experiencing difficulties. You see the picture above and then you are taken to the main news site at that point. Guess they finally decided to take the site down until they can fix it.
Reuters is even producing a news story about the hacking of their blog site and indicating they did not post the false story. In that story, it was reported that “Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal had died”. That is obviously a false report and one that has created problems for Reuters.
“Reuters did not report the false story and the post was immediately deleted. We are working to address the problem,” Barb Burg, director of global communications at Reuters News, said in a statement.
Others are saying this is serious as it is the Third time is two weeks that Reuters has been hacked and bogus information reported. That is not good news for the credibility of the blog site and the news agency. While Reuters is quick to blame others as the hackers of their WordPress site, they need to correct this situation.
As we reported last week, Reuters needs to update the WordPress software to correct this security hole that they have. We had indicated that they were vulnerable to be hacked again if they did not, and that is exactly what has happened. Exactly when they are going to address this has not been stated.
Given that the site is currently unavailable, one could guess they are working to upgrade the WordPress software from version 3.1.1 to version 3.4.1. Reuters needs to fix this now. One more hacking like this and they will lose much of their credibility. I would hate to be working in the IT department over there and having to scramble to fix this problem.