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Friday, June 27, 2008

Web site security–Google hacking

What is Google hacking?
Google hacking is the term used when a hacker tries to find exploitable targets and sensitive data by using search engines. The Google Hacking Database (GHDB) is a database of queries that identify sensitive data. Although Google blocks some of the better known Google hacking queries, nothing stops a hacker from crawling your site and launching the Google Hacking Database queries directly onto the crawled content.

The Google Hacking Database is located at More information about Google hacking can be found on:

What a hacker can do if your site is vulnerable
Information that the Google Hacking Database identifies:

  • Advisories and server vulnerabilities
  • Error messages that contain too much information
  • Files containing passwords
  • Sensitive directories
  • Pages containing logon portals
  • Pages containing network or vulnerability data such as firewall logs.

Preventing Google hacking attacks
Remove all pages identified by Google hacking queries

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