A growing and more dangerous threat, called Internet counter-intelligence, is the use of sophisticated Web analytics to uncover corporate-user identities to analyze and track enterprise surfing habits. Doing so affords the perpetrator the ability to capture IP addresses and network identities.
In many cases, exposing your IP address is as easy a visiting a website. For example, a quick search on WikiScanner will show more than 90 percent of today’s Fortune 500 banks – including Bank of America, US Bank and Wells Fargo – have some of their IP addresses exposed as a result of employees who edited Wikipedia postings from their company workstation. Though these individuals didn’t know that they were exposing their corporation’s identity, a simple software program was able to extract their host IP address and post them for the general public. In this case, what they post to the Wiki is attributed to their company.
The Wiki expample is a very visible way to see how easy it is for an organization’s network and identity to be exposed. Today there are more than one billion IP addresses that have been collected and aggregate by nefarious Web sites.
By subscribing to our early morning news update, you will receive a daily digest of the latest security news published on Help Net Security.
With over 500 issues so far, reading our newsletter every Monday morning will keep you up-to-date with security risks out there.