WP REST API Exploit – why was the filter disabled?

At the time of this post, the WP REST API exploit is pandemic, with over 1.5 million WP posts defaced. A high-profile California government website – that I am somewhat responsible forĀ – was hit yesterday, causing a great deal of consternation in my office. When news of the exploit first appeared, my personal sites like this one had already updated to WP 4.7.2, and I had long ago disabled the REST API, so I had no worries on that front.

WP REST API exploit is pandemic

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