Chapter 1. Web 2.0 Threats

The technologies and trends which are helping to revolutionise the way in which we use the Web, also create security risks. Trends such as user-created content, synchronous communication, openness and transparency, online collaboration and the viral nature of Web 2.0 all create security risks. The following table summarises the type of security risk created by Web 2.0 trends.

Table 1. Table showing the type of security risk created by Web 2.0 trends

Web 2.0 trend

Web 2.0 technologies

Type of security risk

User-created content



Social networking

Collaboration tools

Video sharing and photo sharing

User created content input to a website creates a website entry point for hackers and malware.

Enables targeted phishing ...

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