18 December 2014

Can't Find a Wordpress Blog?

More than 100,000 WordPress websites have been infected with malware after attackers exploited a vulnerability in a popular WordPress plugin called RevSlider. The attack turns the infected WordPress sites into unwilling distributors of yet more malware, this time aimed at visitors to the sites.

The malware campaign has been dubbed SoakSoak because it causes some infected websites to redirect visitors to a malicious website at  soaksoak.ru. In an attempt to curb the infections, Google has blacklisted over 11,000 affected WordPress domains, according to Menifee, California-based security company Sucuri.

Sorry, Guffaw ... it's nothing personal. I hope they get it fixed soon.


It's the Thought That Counts

This reminds me of Terry Prachett ...

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Remember "You'll Never Walk Alone"?

After exploring glacier caves, hiker looks at his photos and realizes he wasn't alone

Michael Glidden was wandering the ice-blue remains of a glacier in the Chugach National Forest Saturday when he spotted one particularly, deep, dark tunnel, he says.

The Anchorage retiree and his two American Eskimo Dogs, Shasta and Aspen, ventured inside. Temperatures had dipped to 29 degrees along the riverbeds outside.

It must have been about 10 degrees warmer there in the dark. "Echo! Echo!" Glidden yelled.  He listened. Water dripped.

‘“Very cozy in there, actually," Glidden recalled. He set his camera down and snapped a picture. The flash was blinding.

"I continued to explore the main cave for some time. ... It wasn't until I got home and looked over the pictures I had taken that I realized when I took the picture, my flash had caught a hibernating black bear only yards from where I was."

It wasn’t until he got home and began posting pictures online that Glidden noticed an unusual shape, hidden in the shadows, had been there in the cave with him all long.

The photo was cloudy but the claws gave the animal away.

Mr. Glidden went on to say that it was "an honor" to get that close. I have to tell you: "honor" isn't the word that comes to my mind ...

17 December 2014

Okay, THIS is Different ...

From the Alaska Dispatch News comes this head-scratcher:

Inspectors with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service made an unusual discovery at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in September: more than 200 live baby turtles.

Because of the young age of the turtles, and the way they were being shipped, about half of the animals have died, according to Nicole Abeln, the Anchorage Museum's animal care technician, tasked with caring for the turtles.

Most of the turtles belonged to species that are protected from illegal poaching and export, according to Fish and Wildlife officials. The reptiles were stuffed into boots, hidden away inside luggage bound for China, according to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa, one of the facilities to receive some of the animals. Currently, about 35 turtles remain at the Anchorage Museum, where they are being cared for until federal officials find homes for them.