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Search engines as a security threat

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4 Author(s)
Hernandez, J.C. ; Carlos III Univ., Madrid, Spain ; Sierra, J.M. ; Ribagorda, A. ; Ramos, B.

Because they implement vulnerable security policies, search engines are excellent tools for helping hackers to attack machines anonymously, search for easy targets or gather confidential data. Securing all channels against hackers trying to penetrate a vulnerable system isn't possible, but there is no reason for search engines to be wide-open channels that continue to help hackers find and penetrate weak systems. Because it is so easy to use a search engine to cloak an attack, search-engine-based hacker abuse has become a real threat that poses serious risks. However, not all blame should fall on those who operate the search engines. Search engines aren't responsible for the huge numbers of poorly configured and insecure machines all over the Internet even if the search engines do aid in identifying them, but the search engines must take some blame if they continue to provide easy ways to locate weak and penetrable machines

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Computer  (Volume:34 ,  Issue: 10 )