Hackers harness Google to hunt for weaknesses

Friday, 30 July 2004, 10:27 AM EST

The world's most popular search engine is one of the handiest tools for hackers, said a security expert on Thursday.

Google's ability to record Internet sites' content can be used to pinpoint those with weak security, Johnny Long, a security researcher and computer scientist for Computer Security Corp. told attendees at the Black Hat Security Briefings here. Though the technique is not new, well-crafted searches turned up so many sites with vulnerabilities that even jaded researchers laughed during the session.

By Robert Lemos at ZDNet.

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