A Security-focused Introduction to HTTP, Part 2

This is the second part of a two part series on HTTP basics. In this second part, we cover several attributes of the HTTP protocol such as encoding, HTTP headers and authentication in more detail. Query strings The query string is defined using the question mark (?) character after the URL within an HTTP request. […]

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What is a “Target”?

A Target is a web site, web application, server or network device that you would like to scan for security vulnerabilities using Acunetix. For licensing purposes, the following rules apply: Localhost and 127.0.0.1 consume 1 Target Domain.com and www.domain.com count as 1 Target Https and http count as 1 Target Sub-domains are different targets (e.g. […]

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Domain Hijacking a.k.a Domain Spoofing

Domain hijacking, or domain spoofing is a type of attack whereby an organization’s domain is stolen by changing the registration of a domain name without prior authorization of the domain’s owner. Domain hijacking typically occurs with the intention of associating malicious content or phishing websites with a trusted, and otherwise legitimate domain. Domain hijacking typically […]

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What is Cryptojacking?

Cryptocurrencies have taken the world by storm in the past few years, making it hard to miss all the buzz around Bitcoin and Blockchain technology. While the cryptocurrencies are far from new to cybercriminals, cryptojacking opens up new ways attackers can easily monetize compromised websites without the need to distribute malware. For the uninitiated, cryptocurrencies […]

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What are DNS zone transfers (AXFR)?

DNS (Domain Name System) is one of the many systems that keeps the Internet humming and is responsible for resolving human-readable hostnames into machine-readable IP addresses. DNS servers host what are known as zones. A DNS zone is a portion of the domain name space that is served by a DNS server, and will contain […]

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Domain Fronting: Poking a hole in the Whitelist for Bypassing Firewalls

Domain Fronting is a widely popular technique that is used for evading Firewalls, DPI’s and censors. Domain Fronting takes advantage of legitimate high reputation cloud providers, more specifically, Content Delivery Networks (CDN), for evasion. This technique has been commonly used in the wild to circumvent censorship or by malware for establishing a Command and Control […]

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