Inside the Mind of a Web Miscreant

We hear about “hackers” and “bad guys” on the internet all the time, but why do they do it? Without delving deeply into criminal psychology, they simply do it because they can. They often do it to promote a political cause or to make money. They do it to make others look bad and to […]

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2012 – The Year Hacking Became a Political Weapon

On 30 November Reuters reported that Anonymous will shut down Syrian government websites worldwide to fight the government’s countrywide Internet blackout, which many believe was put into effect to silence opposition to President Bashar al-Assad. According to Martin Chulov of The Guardian, in his 29 November article, “Syria shuts off internet access across the country,” […]

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Website Vulnerabilities Will Cost You

Note: This article refers to an older version of Acunetix. Click here to download the latest version. Even the best websites are vulnerable to hacking. Though web security continues to improve, hackers are constantly developing new ways to attack and disable corporate and government sites. Hackers are now attacking web-based applications, including shopping carts, webforms, […]

Read More → Victim of SQL Injection Attack

Introduction On 27th March 2011 a message was posted on the popular Full Disclosure mailing list exposing a recent hack against the website This vulnerability was apparently also reported by a hacker called TinKode, who also claims to have found a cross site scripting attack on the same web site in January. SQL Injection […]

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Preventing XSS Attacks

Cross Site Scripting (XSS) attacks are amongst the most common types of attacks against web applications. XSS attacks all fall under the same category however a more detailed look at the techniques employed during XSS operations reveals a multitude of tactics that exploit a variety of attack vectors. A detailed look at XSS attacks can be […]

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General Facts and Figures on Web Hacking

Facts about Web Application Hacking Verizon Business conducted a 2009 study of 90 Web data breaches. The results of this study were presented in The Data Breach Investigative Report (DBIR) and included the following facts and figures: 285 million data records were exposed in the 90 data breaches, the equivalent of 9 exposures each second. […]

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