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The Imperva Hacker Intelligence Initiative goes inside the cyber-underground and provides analysis of the trending hacking techniques and interesting attack campaigns.

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The Convergence of Google and Bots: Searching for Security Vulnerabilities using Automated Botnets


This Imperva's Hacker Intelligence Initiative (HII) report reveals that hackers are leveraging the power of search engines to conduct cyber reconnaissance. Hackers, armed with a browser and specially crafted search queries ("Dorks"), are using botnets to generate more than 80,000 daily queries, identify potential attack targets and build an accurate picture of the resources within that server that are potentially exposed. Automating the query and result parsing enables the attacker to issue a large number of queries, examine all the returned results and get a filtered list of potentially exploitable sites in a very short time and with minimal effort. As searches are conducted using botnets, and not the hacker's IP address, the attacker's identity remains concealed.

Tags: Google Hacking, Botnets, Bots, SQL Injection, Data Security

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