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Today, I have two interesting stories for you. The first one comes from ZDNet which covers an issue where thousands of WordPress sites have had backdoor code installed on them allowing a third party to access the sites and do whatever they want.

As usual, but not really highlighted enough in the reporting is the fact that this issue, like many others, is not due to WordPress core code flaws but vulnerabilities in outdated themes and plugins.

The second thing I wanted to point out today is the first WordPress controlled RC tank. This story caught my eye on the WordPress subreddit and I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to talk about it.

The Vermont Robot League has created a tank that uses a Raspberry Pi Zero W and runs WordPress with a custom plugin to control the tank. They have put their source code on GitHub and the project is super interesting to me.

When I was working with 10up, I led a project where we had developed a WordPress control system for starting and stopping a digital SLR from recording and tied it into displaying different custom posts. WordPress as a piece of a system to control hardware shows just how extendable the content management system is.

That’s it for today’s WP Minute, thank you all for watching.

Sources:
https://www.zdnet.com/article/thousands-of-wordpress-sites-backdoored-with-malicious-code/
https://www.reddit.com/r/Wordpress/comments/9hzb4s/we_built_two_wordpress_controlled_tanks_because/
https://vtbots.com/tank-battle/

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