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Website 'spoofing' still fools users, security study reveals

Ellen Messmer | May 6, 2013
A study of vulnerabilities in about 15,000 websites found 86 percent had at least one serious hole that hackers could exploit, and “content spoofing” was the most prevalent vulnerability, according to WhiteHat Security’s annual study.

When organizations website vulnerabilities go unresolved, compliance was cited as the No. 1 reason, closely followed by risk reduction, according to the WhiteHat study. The study also found the best remediation rates occurred when customers or partners demanded it.

Other findings in the website 2012 vulnerability study show:

  • 85 percent of organizations use some variety of application security testing in pre-production website environments
  • 55 percent have a web application firewall in some state of deployment
  • In the event of of a website data or system breach, 79 percent said the Security Department would be accountable.
  •  23 percent experienced a data or system breach as a result of an application-layer vulnerability.


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