SQL Injection Attack on Barracuda Networks Exposes Confidential Data

Recently, Barracuda Networks suffered SQL Injection Attack. The attack led to disclosure of confidential information.
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Albuquerque, NM (prHWY.com) April 13, 2011 - Albuquerque, NM, United States - Over the last few months, IT security firms such as HBGary Federal and RSA suffered security breaches. In yet another attack on security firm, attackers intruded into the database of Barracuda Networks through SQL injection attack. Attackers targeted the website over the last weekend, when the web application firewall protecting the website was inadvertently placed in passive monitoring mode. According to Barracuda, only names and e-mail addresses were extracted from the targeted databases. One-way cryptographic hashes of salted passwords were also stored in the databases. An intruder, who identified himself as Fdf claimed credit for the attack and posted names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and company affiliations of sales leads collected by Barracuda's channel partners on the Web. The post also includes names and e-mail addresses of company employees. Barracuda has not confirmed the claims of the intruder.

Investigations by security professionals at Barracuda revealed that attackers constantly scanned the website and a detected a SQL injection vulnerability in a PHP script, which supports a customer case study database. The database also shared a SQL database used for marketing programs, which contained names and e-mail addresses of employees, leads and channel partners. The investigations by the company reveal that two IP addresses were used by the intruders in the attack. The security company plans to notify all users, whose e-mail addresses were disclosed in the attack.

Cybercriminals constantly scan the networks to identify and exploit security flaws. As such, adequate protection must be provided to the websites and networks at all times. Website security must be constantly evaluated through penetration testing. Professionals qualified in IT masters degree and secured programming could help organizations in identifying and rectifying security flaws. SQL injection attacks could be reduced by proper validation of all inputs and use of parameterized queries. Web application firewalls must be in active mode to thwart sophisticated attacks and intrusions.

Repeated data breaches may make users susceptible of online activity. Information security is critical for the continued growth of Internet.Online technology degree courses may help IT professionals in improving skills and acquiring expertise on latest security tools and techniques.

Cyber security education has become even more significant in the wake of repeated data breach incidents. Internet users must use strong and unique passwords for different accounts. Online computer degree programs, e-tutorials and e-flyers could be used to educate users on cyber security tips and best practices.

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