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ADC Hacker Intelligence Initiative

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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Imperva's Web Application Attack Report (July 2013)


Examining today's application security threat landscape, Imperva finds that retailers suffer 2X as many SQL injection attacks as other industries. Report also shows that most applications are attacked more than four times a month, and the US retains its rank as the #1 source of web attacks in the world, among many other findings.

Tags: Application Security, SQL Injection, SQLi, Data Security, Web Application Attacks, Trends


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Lessons Learned From the Yahoo! Hack


On December 2012, a hacker claimed to have breached Yahoo!'s security systems and acquired full access to certain Yahoo! databases, leading to full access on the server for that domain. Technically, we found that the hacker was able to determine the allegedly vulnerable Yahoo! application and the exact attack method, a SQL injection. This attack underscores the security problem posed by hosting third-party code – as is often done with cloud-based services. Our report explains:
  • How to protect third-party Web applications against SQL injection and other Web attacks.
  • Why security should always assume third-party code – coming from partners, vendors, mergers and acquisitions – contains serious vulnerabilities.
  • Putting in place legal requirements in a contract for what you will and will not accept from a security perspective and incorporating security due diligence for any merger or acquisition activity.


Tags: Data Security, Database Security, SQL Injection, Web Application Security


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Monitoring Hacker Forums


Imperva's second annual hacker forum analysis detects black market for social network fraud. By examining what information hackers seek out or share in forums, security teams can better understand where hackers are focusing their efforts. One thing is unmistakable: If organizations neglect SQL injection security, we believe that hackers will place more focus on those attacks.

Tags: Hackers, Hacking, Trends, SQL Injection, Web Application Security, Database Security, Application Security


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Imperva's Web Application Attack Report (July 2012)


Imperva's ADC finds that the median annual attack incidents was 274 times a year. The average attack incident for the observed Web applications lasted seven minutes and 42 seconds, but the longest attack incident lasted an hour and 19 minutes.

Tags: Application Security, SQL Injection, SQLi, Data Security, Web Application Attacks, Trends


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Automation of Attacks


How do hackers automate? What do they automate? And most importantly: How can security teams block automated attacks? The latest Hacker Intelligence Initiative from Imperva's Application Defense Center will help you answer these questions and many more.

Tags: Automated Web Application Attacks, Hacking, SQL Injection, SQLi, Remote File Inclusion, RFI, sqlmap, Havij, NetSparker, libwww-perl


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The Anatomy of an Anonymous Attack


This ADC report details the never-before-seen details on an attack by hacktivist group 'Anonymous' against a high-profile unnamed target during a 25 day period in 2011. The Hacker Intelligence Summary Report - The Anatomy of an Anonymous Attack offers a comprehensive analysis of the attack including a detailed timeline of activities from start to finish, an examination of the hacking methods utilized as well as insights on the use of social media to recruit participants and coordinate the attack.

Tags: Anonymous, Web Application Security, Web Application Attacks, SQL Injection, Data Security, Database Security, Hacktivist, Hacking


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Imperva's Web Application Attack Report (January 2012)


Imperva monitored and categorized attacks across the internet targeting 40 different enterprise and government web applications. The WAAR outlines the frequency, type and geography of origin of each attack to help security professionals better prioritize vulnerability remediation.

Tags: Application Security, Remote File Inclusion, RFI, SQL Injection, SQLi, Local File Inclusion, LFI, Cross Site Scripting, XSS, Directory Traversal, DT, Data Security, Web Application Attacks


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Monitoring Hacker Forums


As a part of Imperva's hacker intelligence initiative, we monitor hacker forums to understand many of the technical aspects of hacking. Forums are the cornerstone of hacking - they are used by hackers for training, communications, collaboration, recruitment, commerce and even social interaction. Forums contain tutorials to help curious neophytes mature their skills. Chat rooms are filled with technical subjects ranging from advice on attack planning and solicitations for help with specific campaigns. Commercially, forums are a marketplace for selling of stolen data and attack software. Most surprisingly, forums build a sense of community where members can engage in discussions on religion, philosophy and relationships.

Tags: Hackers, Hacking, Trends, LulzSec, Hacktivist, DDoS, SQL Injection, Web Application Security, Database Security, Application Security


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An Anatomy of a SQL Injection Attack (SQLi)


This month's report from Imperva's Hacker Intelligence Initiative (HII) focuses on the rise in SQL Injection (SQLi) attacks on the Web. Dominating headlines for the past year, SQLi has become a widely-known, even outside the circle of security professionals. And for good reason: SQL injection is probably the most expensive and costly attack since it is mainly used to steal data. Famous breaches, including Sony, Nokia, Heartland Payment Systems and even Lady Gaga's Web sites were compromised by hackers who used SQL injection to break-in to the application's backend database. LulzSec, the notorious hacktivist group, made SQLi a key part of their arsenal. This report details how prevalent SQL injection attacks have become, how attacks are executed and how hackers are innovating SQLi attacks to bypass security controls as well as increase potency.

Tags: SQLi, SQL Injection, LulzSec, Hacktivist, Web Application Attacks, Data Security


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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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Imperva's Web Application Attack Report (July 2011)


As a part of our ongoing Hacker Intelligence Initiative, the Imperva Application Defense Center (ADC) monitored and categorized individual attacks across the internet over a period of six months, December 2010 through May 2011. This research encompasses attacks witnessed via onion router (TOR) traffic as well as attacks targeting 30 different enterprise and government Web applications.

Tags: Application Security, SQL Injection, RFI, XSS, Cross-Site Scripting, Data Security, Web Application Attacks


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Remote File Inclusion


We begin our first report by describing an attack which usually flies under the radar – Remote File Inclusion (RFI). Although these attacks have the potential to cause as much damage as the more popular SQL Injection and Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) attacks, they are not widely discussed. HII has documented examples of automated attack campaigns launched in the wild. This report pinpoints their common traits and techniques, as well as the role blacklisting can play in mitigating them.

Tags: Google Hacking, Web Application Attacks, Buffer Overflow, CSRF, SQL Injection, Cross-Site Scripting, XSS, Search Engine Poisoning, SEP, Botnets, Remote File Inclusion, RFI

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