Soaksoak Malware

SoakSoak is a strain of malware that leverages security vulnerabilities in a WordPress plug-in. These vulnerabilities are found in the RevSlider third-party plug-in, which is included in several popular themes for the open source blogging and content management system (CMS).

SoakSoak can utilize these vulnerabilities on unpatched or out-of-date WordPress systems to connect with the SoakSoak.ru domain and load JavaScript malware onto the infected Website. This malware includes a backdoor Trojan that enables control of the compromised WordPress site.

SoakSoak Large-Scale Attack in 2014

SoakSoak was launched as a large-scale attack on December 14th, 2014. Despite updated versions of the RevSlider plug-in being available since September of 2014, more than 100,000 WordPress sites were infected by the initial strain of SoakSoak.

Because the RevSlider plug-in isn’t directly installed by users but is instead included as part of downloadable themes for WordPress, many WordPress sites were infected without the knowledge of the webmaster of the site.

Forrest Stroud
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