Chapter 9

Usernames, Passwords, and Secret Stuff, Oh My!

Abstract

This chapter covers searching for usernames, passwords, social security numbers, credit card numbers, and other juicy info.

Keywords

usernames
passwords
social security numbers
credit card numbers
juicy info

Introduction

This chapter is not about finding sensitive data during an assessment as much as it is about what the “bad guys” might do to troll for the data. The examples presented in this chapter generally represent the lowest-hanging fruit on the security tree. Hackers target this information on a daily basis. To protect against this type of attacker, we need to be fairly candid about the worst-case possibilities. We won’t be overly candid, however. We don’t want to give the ...

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