ZDNet: Popular WordPress plugin hacked by angry former employee

ZDNet: Popular WordPress plugin hacked by angry former employee. “A very popular WordPress plugin was hacked over the weekend after a hacker defaced its website and sent a mass message to all its customers revealing the existence of supposed unpatched security holes. In a follow-up mass email, the plugin’s developers blamed the hack on a former employee, who also defaced their website.”

Neowin: Google partners with Automattic to support local news with Newspack

Neowin: Google partners with Automattic to support local news with Newspack. “Google has announced a new initiative to help local news publications be more sustainable for their contributors. The Mountain View giant has partnered with Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, to launch Newspack, a set of tools to make online content management and presentation easier. Google has invested $1.2 million in its efforts to kickstart the platform, but funding has also come from a few other organizations, adding another million dollars to that amount.”

Threatpost: WordPress Targeted with Clever SEO Injection Malware

Threatpost: WordPress Targeted with Clever SEO Injection Malware . “A clever malware built for SEO injection – where a black hat loads up a webpage with spammy links, redirects and ad keywords, unbeknownst to the site owner – has been seen evading detection with an innovative approach that involves appending itself in an unusual place in the back-end code of a WordPress site.”

Search Engine Journal: Google Introduces WordPress Plugin With Integrated Analytics, Search Console, More

Search Engine Journal: Google Introduces WordPress Plugin With Integrated Analytics, Search Console, More. “Google has introduced a new WordPress plugin which brings insights from Google tools to users’ dashboards. Site Kit by Google allows users to access information in Search Console, Analytics, AdSense, and PageSpeed Insights from the WordPress admin panel.”

VentureBeat: WordPress 5.0 arrives with block-based editor, new default theme, and developer features

VentureBeat: WordPress 5.0 arrives with block-based editor, new default theme, and developer features. “WordPress 5.0 introduces a block-based editor that offers a streamlined editing experience. The new editor is supposed to be better at inserting media content and rearranging any type of content. Each piece of content is in its own block, which is meant to help site owners decide how content is displayed. Blocks include everything from paragraphs, headings, and quotes to images, galleries, and videos.”