Where Modern Vulnerabilities Exist

Security vulnerabilities are everywhere and in everything. Have you ever wondered why there are so many successful hackers breaking into systems? Do we really believe that every 17-year-old that breaks into a nuclear power plant is a super-genius? The fact of the matter is that you can't toss a pebble without striking an object that is vulnerable. The average hacker has only to sip a cup of hot cocoa while a scanning application looks across thousands of organizations for well-known vulnerabilities. The hacker may not even know what the vulnerability is or why it exists, but the newly downloaded scanner is pre-programmed with thousands of wiz-bang gadgets and exploits. Given a few hours, the hacker will find ...

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