Imperva Releases First Comprehensive Hacker Forum Analysis
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Imperva, a pioneer and leader of a new category of data security solutions for high-value business data in the data center, announced today the release of the “The State of Hacker Forums Report”, the sixth in the Hacker Intelligence Initiative research series. The report takes an in-depth look at the underbelly of cybercrime through analyzing the content and activities of one of the largest active hacker forums, with about 250,000 members globally.
The report not only provides insight into hacker psychology, but also details the technical strategies they learn, develop and deploy. Forums are the cornerstone of the hacking community, used by hackers for training, communications, collaboration, recruitment, commerce and even social interaction. Commercially, forums are a marketplace for selling of stolen data and attack software. Chat rooms are filled with technical subjects ranging from advice on attack planning and solicitations for help with specific campaigns. Forums are also a place where curious neophytes can find “how-to-hack” tutorials on various methods.
“Studying hacker forums is essential to providing critical insights into hacker psychology and technical strategies,” explained Imperva CTO Amichai Shulman. “Ironically, hacker forums are still not well understood by a majority of the security community, so studying and quantifying what happens in these online communities is essential if we hope to reduce cybercrime.”
The findings include:
- Detailed explanations and examples of hacker communications, collaboration, recruitment, commerce and social interaction.
- Attack discussions increased exponentially over a four-year period, growing an average of 157% year over year since 2007.
- The most discussed topics in forums are DDoS attacks, with 22% of discussions, followed by SQL injections, 19% of all discussions.
- The majority of discussions focused on “beginning” hacking, with members devoting 25% of their time sharing “how-to” tutorials and discussing basic methodologies, indicating a strong, steady interest from new talent.
- Mobile hacking has seen very strong growth in discussion forums, with iPhone hacking leading the way.
Download and read the full report at www.imperva.com.
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Katherine Nellums for Imperva