How More Than 5 Million Websites Were Used By Hackers To Compromise Data


Of the 14 million websites with encryption out of all worldwide websites, over one-third of them were regarded as vulnerable to attack from hackers. What is intriguing, is the fact that the sites included bear the icon of ‘lock,’ signifying a secured connection, secured through SSL technology. This came to the fore from recent tests undertaken by University of Michigan computer science researchers, Alex Halderman and Zakir Durumeric.

Vulnerable List

The vulnerable list included financial services sites like americanexpress.com, retailers, and news organizations. However, the test could not bring to light the way freak flaws were used by the cyber criminals. The popular version of ‘man-in-the-middle attacks’ on different governments conducting online surveillance continued to haunt the researchers in countries like China and Iran.

For instance, travelers are more vulnerable when they log on to the net connection from a hotel. In the last several weeks, Green and other researchers have alerted the affected government agencies, as well as companies, with the hopes that they will correct the problem before it comes to the public. However, a cloud computing services company, Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM), indicated that they were taking steps to ease the problem in a blog post recently. It appeared to be one of only a few companies to react to the findings and take steps earlier than predicted.

Government Sites

The list of vulnerable sites included FBI.gov, Whitehouse.gov, and NSA.gov. However, the problem seems to have been fixed in the recent days on FBI.gov and Whitehouse.gov. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is readying a security patch to be put into place next week for its mobile devices, as well as computers.

The researchers found that Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Chrome browser is not vulnerable, while the browser which comes inbuilt in Android devices is regarded as vulnerable. The researchers said that the flaw would not affect connections to Google’s search of web sites. The search engine giant has also taken steps to patch the Android operating system’s browser.

Viraj Shah

Viraj Shah has completed M.Com (Finance) and is currently pursuing his CFP. He tracks US markets along with other global markets like India very closely. He is very passionate about stocks, real estate, and technology. He also believes that money can always be made in the market.

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