Google hacking attacks rising

By | May 24, 2006

New Zealand web sites are more vulnerable to ´Google hacking´ than many people realise and ´hacking´ attacks are on the rise, according to a recent study by Massey researchers. Personal information held by businesses, government departments and voluntary organizations are potentially at risk, along with operations of the websites that hold them.

Google hacking involves using the popular Google search engine to locate sensitive online information, which should be protected but is not.

Dr Ellen Rose, a senior lecturer at the Institute of Information and Mathematical Sciences, and graduate student Natalia Nehring, ran Google search queries known to return sensitive information from the Google database.Read Full Story

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