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pipdig is Hijacking WordPress Sites →

April 4, 2019

Jem Turner:

pipdig, one of the biggest WordPress theme providers to bloggers, is distributing code dressed up as the “pipdig Power Pack” plugin which amongst other things:

A great post by Jem. I highly recommend giving it a read if you’re a pipdig customer or just someone who’s interested about how easy it is for a theme provider to inject b***shit into your WordPress site.

In short, here’s what pipdig does with your site.

  • Uses your site to issue DDoS attacks on competitors.
  • Change links in your WordPress database to point to
  • Violates GDPR laws.
  • Disables other plugins without asking you first.

The story doesn’t end there though.

Regarding that last point, Nicky Bloor discovered that pipdig disables Bluehost’s and SiteGround’s caching plugins, and then prompts users with a message that reads, “Is your host slowing you down?”.

Disgusting behavior from pipdig. I hope they lose customers over this.

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First Time on the Hokuriku Shinkansen 📷

April 1, 2019

We took the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Karuizawa for a few days of R&R last week. Since we usually take the Tokaido Shinkansen, we decided to splurge for Gran Class this time around. The seats were very comfortable, and the cabin resembled that of an airplane–definitely a step up from our usual Green Car experience. It’s a shame that the journey to Karuizawa only lasted an hour.

Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro2
Lens: Fujinon XF 23mm f/2 WR

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ICONLOOP & SBI Savings Bank Releases Blockchain-Based Authentication Service →

April 1, 2019


April 1st, Seoul — ICONLOOP has integrated its blockchain technology to SBI Savings Bank’s personal authentication service. ‘SBI Simple Authentication,’ the first blockchain-based authentication service launched in the Korean savings bank industry is now open to public.

SBI Savings Bank is a leading savings bank in South Korea with over $6.5 billion in assets. It is majority-owned by SBI Group, one of the largest financial services companies in Japan. ICONLOOP’s cooperation with SBI Savings Bank to build an authentication product is incredible news, but shouldn’t come as a surprise to followers of the ICON project

In a press release dated September 12, 2017, SBI Group announced a collaboration with DAYLI Intelligence to build financial service solutions using distributed ledger technology. Since DAYLI Intelligence is under the same corporate umbrella as ICONLOOP, it’s no surprise that loopchain, the engine that powers both ICONLOOP private chains and the ICON public chain, was the blockchain technology of choice for SBI Savings Bank’s consumer-facing personal authentication service.

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JR East Explores Crypto Integration Into Suica Cards →

March 30, 2019

Jeremy Wall, writing for Invest in Blockchain:

The latest development to come out of the crypto-friendly nation is from the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) who will soon enable Japanese commuters and tourists alike to pay for their journeys with a variety of cryptocurrencies and stablecoins.

If you’ve visited Japan, chances are you’ve found yourself on a train operated by one of the companies in the Japan Railways Group (JR Group). JR East is the largest company in the JR Group, and currently operates a number of regional and high-speed Shinkansen lines that together boast a ridership of over 6 billion passengers per year. In other words, JR East is a pretty big deal.

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How to Set Up Cloudflare Full Page Cache for Your WordPress Site

March 25, 2019

Cloudflare is a popular service that offers DNS, CDN, security services, and more. It is often used by WordPress site owners to speed up and secure their websites. By default, Cloudflare automatically caches static assets like CSS, JS, and images. With a little extra work, Cloudflare can also be configured to “cache everything”, which means a static HTML copy of your website will be cached and served from Cloudflare’s extensive network of data centers around the world. In this post, you’ll learn more about Cloudflare’s “full page cache” feature, and if it’s a good option for your WordPress site.

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