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10/24/2018
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Abandoned Websites Haunt Corporations

Websites that never go away continue to bring security threats to their owners, says a new report.

Old Web applications don't go away — they linger and spread security vulnerabilities around their organizations. These "ghost sites" are critical assets for criminals and weaknesses for enterprises, according to a new report by High-Tech Bridge, a Web security company.

The report, "Abandoned Web Applications: Achilles' Heel of FT 500 Companies," found that 70% of the FT 500 can find information for accessing old websites for sale on the Dark Web, and that 92% of externally facing Web applications have exploitable flaws or weaknesses.

While the report looked at the 500 largest companies in both the US and Europe, the largest 500 in the US, specifically, have 293,512 exernal systems accessible from the Internet, 42,549 of which have a live Web application with dynamic content and functionality, it states.

"This means a US company has an average of 85.1 applications that can be easily discovered externally and are not protected by 2FA, strong authentication or other security controls aimed to reduce application accessibility to untrusted parties," the report states.

High-Tech Bridge notes that its research looked only at application infrastructure, not network or control system infrastructure that might be explorable through a tool such as Shodan.

Read more here.

 

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10/29/2018 | 8:28:28 PM
2FA
This means a US company has an average of 85.1 applications that can be easily discovered externally and are not protected by 2FA,,,, This is interesting. Most internet applications do not use 2FA, it ps not surprising.
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10/29/2018 | 8:22:45 PM
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70% of the FT 500 can find information for accessing old websites for sale on the Dark Web 70% is quite high, it must be quite profitable.
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10/29/2018 | 8:20:49 PM
Re: Abandoned anything
they still host data that serve in arrows pointing to places I agree, developers may be forgetting citing the access to the data as they forget shutting down the application.
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10/29/2018 | 8:18:34 PM
Re: Abandoned anything
Homes - subway stations (fascinating) and more always invite BAD somewhere in time. Web site may be good but when accessing in strarbuks it is being exposed to threats.
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10/29/2018 | 8:15:57 PM
Website is not the problem
Website is not the problem, data behind that are the concern, lots of all web applications access the database without upgraded security measures.
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10/24/2018 | 3:14:55 PM
Abandoned anything
Homes - subway stations (fascinating) and more always invite BAD somewhere in time.  Not surprised about dead websites, they still host data that serve in arrows pointing to places perhaps not accessible directly.
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