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Hacking Exposed 7: Network Security Secrets & Solutions by George Kurtz, Joel Scambray, Stuart McClure

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PART IVAPPLICATION AND DATA HACKING

In all of Hacking Exposed’s Case Studies, we’ve often shared our own (albeit anonymized) accounts and exploits of on-the-job discoveries to demonstrate the real potential of risk out there in the world. But this time we want to share with you a very public real story about a very ugly hack that happened in 2011 that highlighted the exposure that poorly secured web applications create for everyone.

Frustrated with what they perceived as an unjustified and liberal attack at their group, in 2011 Anonymous decided to take the fight to the good guys. So they focused their sights on their target, the CEO of a little security startup company called HBGary Federal. The company was related to the parent company, HBGary, ...

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