A WordPress plug-in brings down world leaders

The news this week has been filled with the so called “Panama Papers” which have resulted in the resignation of at least one world leader, the Icelandic Prime Minister, and have caused controversy to surround others including Russian President Putin and British prime minister Cameron.

The data involved was taken from a Panamanian Law Firm called Mossack Fonseca (MF) by a hacker and reveals secret financial structures used by the powerful and wealthy to hide their assets around the world.

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Wordfence, our chosen security plug-in for WordPress web builds, performed an analysis of MF’s network and it seems that the breach may have been caused by an outdated version of the notorious Revolution Slider.

This plug-in has been linked to many hack attacks over the past 12 months so if you’re site is using this plug-in please do keep it up to date but moreover we’d suggest swapping it out for a different version.

It’s unclear who has really built the Rev Slider plug-in, maybe the purpose by it’s creation wasn’t so innocent after all, but was is clear is that keeping plug-ins and the WordPress core all up to date at all times is one of the best security steps you can take.

So, it turns out that not updating your WordPress plugins is not only just bad practice but it may also  result in the fall of world leaders and the largest data breach to journalists in history…

Well, she only flew the Millennium Falcon!

After a stella (pardon the pun!) end to 2015 with the launch of Star Wars’ new movie the obligatory board games have been flowing out even since.

But the one that’s ended up getting it’s own hashtag, for the wrong reasons I may add, is the Monopoly Game for Star Wars made by board game legends Hasbro. Buy why?

They thought that leaving out Rey was the best thing to do because after all she “only” flew the Millennium Falcon and had that small matter of the Force awakening in her…

So not a major character then? Seriously.

However, Hasbro has today confirmed that it would be adding Rey to its Star Wars Monopoly set following extensive fan criticism. The hashtag “#WheresRey” trended for several days as fans complained about the omission of the female lead.

And whilst the world, universe, man, his dog and many Jedis have taken them to task over it across social media the one, who the Force is strongest in, has come from someone much shorter and who, on the surface of things, might seem less powerful than the rest…

Nope, not Yoda (sorry pal, next time) but it’s a super-powerful 8 year old called Annie Rose.

What a legend!

Yet again proving the old adage “it’s the message, not the medium”

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