OWASP: Malware adapts to Web 2.0

Hackers will use Web 2.0 technologies to make their attacks more devious and more effective, according to a security researcher.

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Hackers will use Web 2.0 technologies to make their attacks more devious and more effective, according to a security researcher.

Google Mashups, RSS feeds and search can all be misused to distribute malware, attack people and communicate with botnets, said Petko Petkov, speaking at the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) US 2007 conference, held on eBay's campus.

Hacker toolkits like MPack have made it easier for the bad guys to deploy malicious code, but some of these emerging technologies promise to take hacking to a whole new level, he said.

"Now people can use and abuse Web 2.0 technologies to construct something much larger," he said. "When you look at it from a hacker perspective, you'll see there are a whole lot of opportunities."

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