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GOOGLE: A DO-IT-YOURSELF HACKING TOOL FOR THE MASSES

Source: Canada NewsWire

Posted on March 12, 2003

      While recent large and recurring security exploits are taking most of the attention these days, there are more and more people discovering novel new ways to 'hack' for fun and profit using the Internet's favorite surfing tool: the search engine.

      Google, the most popular search tool in cyberspace has been seeing an increase in popularity thanks to its incredible ability to index web pages. "What should be private database contents are now public records listed in search engines" - said Claudiu Popa, noting that system administrators often lack the time, interest or ability to place simple passwords on databases with Web access.

      As it's been recently proven and something that is likely a common daily occurrence, "you're probably looking at the average user having the ability to hack into databases and accessing private information, thanks to Internet search engines."

      Claudiu Popa is a subject matter expert and president of Informatica Corporation, a Toronto e-business consultancy. His consulting focus is on corporate e-business security and IT privacy issues. He welcomes your questions by email at claudiu@info-corp.com.




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