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Vulnerable police web site suffers hack

Imperva : 11 November, 2009  (Technical Article)
Imperva comments on the hacking incident reported to have occurred on Durham Police's web site
The BBC has reported that the Durham police website had been hacked by a computer hacker protesting against the terror deaths in Pakistan, forcing the website to be closed.

According to Imperva, the data security specialist, who is constantly monitoring hacker sites and activities, the police website is vulnerable to SQL injection attacks.

"Our research shows that the website does have vulnerabilities which could lead to the recent attack. Our researchers have seen that for a while hackers have been discussing the weak points of the Durham police website including discussions of being able to extract usernames and passwords that are used for the administration of the site.' said Amichai Shulman, Imperva's CTO.

"This is an unfortunate situation for the police, but does go to show that no one is protected from these kinds of attacks unless the right precautions are taken" adds Shulman
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