Downloadable exploits accelerate security concerns

Tuesday, 3 December 2002, 1:48 PM EST

For hackers or 'script kiddies' to attack and severely damage a Web site or corporate server it's almost a point-and-click exercise using widely available 'downloadable exploits'.

And according to local security industry experts, most Australian organisations are more vulnerable than ever and are struggling with the know-how to deal with security issues.

Stephen Brennan, senior security analysts, global information security services at CSC, said a 'downloadable exploit' is a tool or 'exploit' made publicly available after it has served its purpose in the "black-hat community".

"Once the exploit has made its way through the hacker channels and black-hat community, after they've got no more use for it, the hackers usually publish their exploit to get credit [from their peers]. By this time it's so user-friendly, with instructions on how to use it, it's almost a point-and-click exercise [to then hack into an organisation's Web site or corporate server]," Brennan said.

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