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More Business Process Hacking

Business process hacking is the act of using weaknesses in the way an application is exposed to garner information or break in. Recent examples include the ChoicePoint and Lexis-Nexis attacks.
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Written by Richard Stiennon on

Business process hacking is the act of using weaknesses in the way an application is exposed to garner information or break in. Recent examples include the ChoicePoint and Lexis-Nexis attacks.

Here is a new one. A couple of young traders at an Estonion bank got a Businesswire account and proceeded to dig around until they found they could see stuff that had not been released yet. Now comes the hard part. If you know a company is going to release earnings of X how do you know what the stock is going to do? These guys were savvy enough to evidently earn over $7 million in profits.

If you have exposed business applications take a new look at them. Use the assumption that your *customers* want to steal you blind. That is a good starting point. Putting in defenses is the next step.

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