Security Vulnerabilities of Web Applications
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We live a world where we're more frequently giving out our contact details like e-mail addresses, phone numbers, postal addresses, and even critical information such as our credit card numbers along with their expiration dates. We somehow think that prestigious companies do their best to secure their websites. While that may be true, the reality is that there are myriads of security vulnerabilities lurking everywhere.
Sometimes it is mind-boggling how the plain and simple things become overlooked. Recently, three of the world's most popular and respected antivirus software development companies were proven wrong. An ethical ("white hat")hacker wiped the floor with their database security. As expected, the scenario made headlines and every paper ran the story.
The hacker reported what he found to the companies and they fixed the vulnerability in less than half an hour; one of them actually took less than seven minutes. All right, so how could that still happen? One thing must be understood: as long as data is stored in computers, and these machines are interconnected, there is always a way in. But how was it possible that such companies could neglect such tiny security mistakes, huh?
It should also be noted that the hacker had access to entire customer databases with entries including full names, e-mail addresses, credit/debit card information along with expiration dates, and even registration/activation keys. And not a few customers, mind you, but tens of thousands of them. No harm was done, but the fact that this kind of data could have gotten into the wrong hands is more than scary.
You may consider this article to be an eye-opener. My purpose is not to rob you of sleep at night, but to explain that computer users tend to neglect their own security and like to consider themselves immune-that they will definitely not be victims of such activities. You can't be so sure! Anyone can become a victim...
Therefore, the article you are reading right now is the first segment of a multi-part series covering security vulnerabilities. Our sole purpose is making you aware of the dangers lurking everywhere. We hope that we're going to help communities to realize that security can be compromised. Stick around and enjoy the ride-but pay attention!
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