A higher ed colleague shared this week that his institution noticed that Tint, a social media aggregation and monitoring platform used by many institutions of higher education, is was placing JavaScript code on its client’s public facing Tint pages. This code calls instructions from Coinhive, a tool that allows site owners to use their user’s/site visitor’s computers to mine for cryptocurrencies. Tint was using the CPU of site visitors to mine for currency, in this case the currency Monero.

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There have been several high profile plugins lately that have been found to be posting spam and deceptive links on user’s blogs lately.

One such is the “Display Widgets” plugin. You can read Wordfence’s detailed breakdown of the spam. It turns out the original developer of the plugin sold it, and the new owner started to place spammy backlinks and other bad code into the plugin. This gave this “developer” access to tens of thousands of blogs and the site owner’s never knew it was happening.

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I’ve been watching a lot of videos lately about boats. I don’t own a boat, but I think they’re cool. I’ve been watching videos about the narrowboats that cruise around the canals of England and Wales. I’ve been watching videos about catamarans sailing the oceans. Big boats, small boats, it’s all good. What I’m learning in watching these videos is that sailors often have to prioritize work and tasks to keep the ship sailing towards its destination.

We face similar challenges in our marketing and web offices. We are often understaffed and overrun with projects, some mission critical and some that are not as strategic. Often, leadership at your institution or division will say that we, as web and marketing folks, need to organize, prioritize, and measure the effectiveness of our work so that we can use that data to say no to requests that we typically receive from departments, schools, colleges, and other groups across campus.

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