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Third-Party Code: Fertile Ground For Malware
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PZav
PZav,
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10/20/2014 | 12:14:49 PM
Re: You're only as secure as your weakest point
Thanks Marylin, its a pleasure to be able to share this type of information on Dark Reading. We have a lot of respect for the quality of content and the level of reporting on this website.  
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
10/17/2014 | 9:06:30 AM
Re: You're only as secure as your weakest point
I'm constantly amazed at all the various hidden (and surprising) risks that researchers uncover daily! Thanks for lifting the veil on this one, Peter.

 
PZav
PZav,
User Rank: Author
10/16/2014 | 5:10:40 PM
Re: You're only as secure as your weakest point
Good questions btw!
PZav
PZav,
User Rank: Author
10/16/2014 | 5:10:09 PM
Re: You're only as secure as your weakest point
Hello Marilyn, Adam ran the study and I had him offer up some numbers for this article. I'm not certain if he was surprised or not. I thought in particular the fact that 90% of hosts in our sample were pulling in one or more third party resources was surprising. However, when you consider how many organizations run analtics on their sites either for lead gen purposes, social media marketing, display marketing, etc. its probably not all that surprising.

Its definitely disconcerting from a security perspective as all of us in the industry are learning how susceptable any organization is to a breach. There isn't a whole lot of conversation about the risks to site visitors when third party client side code being served up in the browser is hacked. We think that's an area of risk that remains largely hidden to most website operators.
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
10/16/2014 | 3:25:48 PM
Re: You're only as secure as your weakest point
Peter, you said that the purpose of the study was to quantify the number of libraries on a given domain, third-party hosted resources & find out how many other hosts/domains/organizations that use that resource. Were you surprised at the results? What were you expecting to find out? 
PZav
PZav,
User Rank: Author
10/16/2014 | 2:53:32 PM
Re: You're only as secure as your weakest point
Agreed, although for our purposes we'd like to address this problem from an enterprise standpoint. In other words, help security folks within enterprise IT monitor their websites and mobile applicaitons for malicious third party code injected into their websites. As well as help them "keep other departments honest" when producing web and mobile properties.
Whoopty
Whoopty,
User Rank: Ninja
10/16/2014 | 8:15:15 AM
You're only as secure as your weakest point
This goes for all sorts of digital security. On a personal level, if you have one weak passowrd, it's possible someone could extrapolate enough information from that account to social engineer your other ones. That of course works both ways too, with one company with poor security making everything else about you vulnerable. 

I think some of the public apathy for this type of problem though comes from how integrated a lot of the web is. Almost every site that has user interaction now lets you login with your Facebook details. While handy, that creates a climate of signing in with your details on a site you haven't signed up for and may have never visited. 

That makes it much easier for phishing, malware attacks and all sorts of other security problems, because our guard is slowly dropping. 


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