Hackers turn Google into vulnerability scanner

Friday, March 27, 2009

As i was just browsing on articles like online security i found an interesting thing which is called Goolog scan. "Goolag Scan" works as a Web auditing tool, and enables anyone and everyone to audit their own Web site through Google.May be this post is helpful for the system administrators of any organisation.
Here is more detailed information from Networkworld which says about Goolog scan

The hacking group Cult of the Dead Cow (CDC) has released a tool that turns Google into an automated vulnerability scanner, scouring Web sites for sensitive information such as passwords or server vulnerabilities.

CDC first achieved notoriety ten years ago with its backdoor Back Orifice, which demonstrated in a highly public way just how easy it was to take unauthorized control of a Windows PC.

The new tool, called Goolag Scan, is equally provocative, making it easy for unskilled users to track down vulnerabilities and sensitive information on specific Web sites or broad web domains.

This capability should serve as a wake-up call for system administrators to run the tool on their own sites before attackers get around to it, according to CDC.

The tool is a stand-alone Windows .Net application, licensed under the open source GNU General Public License, that provides about 1,500 customized searches under categories such as "vulnerable servers," "sensitive online shopping information" and "files containing juicy information."

The results are displayed as a list of links that can be opened directly in a browser. Example results include tell-tale error messages and Java applets for the remote control of surveillance cameras, according to CDC.

Goolag Scan is based on "Google hacking," the practice of exposing vulnerabilities via Google, which CDC says has been pioneered by a hacker going by the handle "Johnny I Hack Stuff."

Goolag Scan is, however, the first time such vulnerability searches have been built into a simple tool, according to CDC

The above information is taken from NetworkWorld

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