Top Ten Web Hacks of 2012



Had a press release ping onto my screen  saying that the number and creativity of Web hacks constantly increases, and the damage from these attacks rises exponentially, costing companies and consumers millions every year.

Keeping up with these attacks can be hard work for any computer security professional.
Accordingly, website security solutions specialist WhiteHat Security, with the help of an open community and a selected panel of industry experts, has compiled a list of the top ten latest web hacking techniques from 2012 to help highlight these new attacks.

And the winners are:

CRIME (1, 2, 3 4).

Pwning via SSRF (memcached, php-fastcgi, etc) (2, 3, 4, 5).

Chrome addon hacking (2, 3, 4, 5).

Bruteforce of PHPSESSID.

Blended Threats and JavaScript.

Cross-Site Port Attacks.

Permanent backdooring of HTML5 client-side application.

CAPTCHA Re-Riding Attack.

XSS: Gaining access to HttpOnly Cookie in 2012.

Attacking OData: HTTP Verb Tunneling, Navigation Properties for Additional Data Access, System Query Options ($select).

Don't say you hadn't been warned.

Discuss this Blog Entry 4

on Apr 2, 2013

Great information - saying what the threats are, but why did you stop there? There is absolutely nothing explaining what each threat is / does. There is absolutely no information providing solutions for / against the threats. You have done less than half of your job, and you probably could have stopped at providing only a headline, as that would have been just as useless as your half-hearted effort, apparent with this article, and saved yourself three minutes of typing. Thanks for the lack-of-information.

on Apr 2, 2013

"...the damage from these attacks rises exponentially..."

Did they really mean that or was this just a figure of speech?

on Apr 2, 2013

go to tthe source (not just a Matrix reference ;-)

on Apr 3, 2013

Thank you EdKeating1, awesome reference. Also, thanks for the link =)

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