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Wordpress platform used to disseminate malware?

Free is something that motivates action and this is what Hackers are betting on to lure bloggers into becoming innocent partners in crime.

Gigaom (opens in new tab) is reporting that Hackers are using the flexibility of the Wordpress platform, both as hosted platform and as an independent blogging system, to try and disseminate spurious and malicious code.

One of the reasons for Wordpress' success lies in the fact that everyone can build a Wordpress theme and share it with others.

Wordpress' popularity has attracted the attention of unscrupulous people who have started to give away free Wordpress theme with encrypted codes.

Some of them only pull adverts for the theme's creator and in theory; the same approach could be used to tempt bloggers to house malicious code.

One proposed approach would be the automatic vetting of each and every theme and the setting up of a central repository.

There are some concerns that other open source applications such as Postnuke could be used as backdoors for hackers.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.