McAfee Combats Human Error

McAfee has released an updated version of its security
tool, which uses Google to identify
important information accidentally exposed on the Web.

Foundstone SiteDigger 2.0 uses indexed search information on Google
to spot human error vulnerabilities that often appear on search engines,
said Chris Prosise, vice president of worldwide professional services at
McAfee.

Prosise said employees often aren’t aware that they can accidentally expose
confidential information, including financial records, passwords and
personal information on an organization’s Web site.

“While companies have become increasingly vigilant about guarding their
corporate networks from break-ins, they also need to be able to account for
potential human errors with information inadvertently made visible on the
Internet,” Mark Curphey, director of consulting for Foundstone Professional
Services at McAfee, said in a statement.

The free downloadable tool hunts for unwanted information mistakenly left on
an enterprise’s Web site. Passwords, personal data, financial records and
other confidential documents are frequently left exposed on a company’s
site and can be easily accessed by malicious hackers.

“McAfee is committed to providing the necessary tools to safeguard
personal and private information, and the increased functionality of our
SiteDigger tool helps companies protect private information that is
mistakenly made available through their Web sites.”

There are seven exploit categories the tool can focus on:
privacy, back-up files, configuration mistakes, remote administrator
interface, error messages, public vulnerabilities and technology profiles.

Once the scan is complete, a report is issued enabling the business to
minimize these information leaks and address any potential problems.

Prosise said the focus of SiteDigger to perform vulnerability assessment
will enable IT managers to be more proactive in protecting their assets.

“Tools and techniques for direct attacks on Web applications are fairly
non-existent today,” he said.

Kartik Trivedi, service consultant at McAfee, noted several recent
occasions where Google has been exploited by hackers to identify vulnerable
systems. As reported earlier on internetnews.com, the flaws
can give users access to local searches.

SiteDigger uses Google’s Web services API to perform the
search queries, and it has new automatic updating that allows McAfee to send
reports of flaws to users as soon as they are discovered.

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