Though often seen as a dark art, hacking has withstood the test of time and more so technology. Hacking trends have changed with hackers now devising new ways of practicing their art some with remarkable success. They have mastered stealth and scope with cyber hacking now becoming a real threat to most companies and even federal agencies. Many public security incidents have occurred with the majority of incidences remaining undetected or never circulated in the media. The rising threats in web application security include;
Vulnerable Applications Can Easily Be Used to Compromise Companies
With almost all companies operating a website online, their web applications are not fully secure. Hackers will rarely try to launch compliacted and expensive ATP (Advanced Persistent Threat) attacks. However, the risks associated with such applications cannot be underestimated because simple vulnerabilities like XSS (Cross-Site Scripting), can compromise the whole local network, emails and even the company’s database.
XSS Will Be a Frequent Target and a Dangerous Mode of Attack
It is usually not easy to detect high-risk vulnerabilities in popular web programs such as WordPress, SharePoint and Joomla. Still, low and/or medium risk vulnerabilities like XSS will often appear. Expert hackers can therefore initiate XSS attacks to accomplish their goals with utmost ease.
3rd Party Codes and Plug-ins Make Web Applications Very vulnerable
While common codes of popular content management systems (CMS) and other web products are much safer today, 3rd party programs like extensions and plug-ins still remain susceptible to hacking. Most people don’t realize it but even a single outdated plug-in can endanger the entire application providing hackers with endless opportunities.
Chained Attacks or Attacks through 3rd Party Websites Will Increase
Even on popular websites, it is still quite difficult to identify critical-risk areas. This makes it easier and even quicker for hackers to locate the medium-risk points and have complete access of the website. They can also initiate attacks through sites that you often visit. Using your data outline, hackers can insert alien packs activated only for a given user, IP and authentication cookie combination that belongs to you. 3rd party websites will rarely detect such attacks.
Weak Passwords & Password Re-Use Remains a Major Problem
It is common practice for people and even employees in major companies to use the same passwords for all their accounts. Especially workers that share similar passwords can easily become easy target. With password-encryption techniques frequently used in web applications today, hackers can quickly obtain even a strong password that is properly coded in the database.
Application Logic Errors Are Becoming More Common and Critical
Application logic weak-points that are almost undetected by automated solutions are a haven for hackers. As much as web developers know XSS & SQL injection codes and flaws much better than before, they still forget about vulnerabilities that may be more dangerous than SQL injections.
Automated security solutions such as firewalls and malware scanners will no longer be effective in preventing hacking without human control. Besides, web application weak-points and attacks have become more difficult to detect. Therefore, even if your website is fully secure hackers will still identify the tiniest vulnerability and use it to exploit the whole website.