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March 2006

Google Hacking: Why being a Google dork is hurting your company

A simple search can expose security secrets. Black hats are aware of it. Are you? More information from Learn how to Google hack your business before black hats do. Our glossary definition of Google hacking provides basic preventative measures. Visit our resource center for tips and expert advice on hacking tools and techniques. Dorks love Google. Being a Googledork, however, is nothing to aspire to. Yes, that's an actual term. Haven't heard of it? Well, it's about time you did. Googledork refers to anyone who has unknowingly exposed sensitive information on the Web, enabling search engines to index material that wasn't intended for public consumption. Are you a Googledork? Are your coworkers? Think long and hard. Then do a pen test to make sure you and your company are in the clear. You might be surprised at what you find. Google hacking--the practice of using specially crafted search engine queries to cull information about a target--is now a feather in virtually every black hat's cap. They're pulling off ...

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