Imperva Report Examines Dangers Of User-Generated Content In Light Of Military Singles Hack

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Dissecting a Hacktivist Attack Deconstructs Recent Social Network Breach, Highlights Vulnerabilities and Provides Recommendations for Remediation

Redwood Shores, Calif., May 23, 2012 - Imperva, Inc. (NYSE:  IMPV), a pioneer and leader of a new category of data security solutions for high-value business data in the data center, today released its May Hacker Intelligence report Dissecting a Hacktivist Attack, which highlights how hackers exploit user-generated content features of social media websites by deconstructing the recently successful attack on MilitarySingles.com.

"Social networking, user-generated content and PHP-based applications are prevalent on the Web, but this report gives pause to consider how easily sensitive personal information can be accessed through these channels," said Amichai Shulman, CTO, Imperva. "Additionally, the attack on MilitarySingles.com calls into question the need for government and military personnel to have special policies regarding social networking, to prevent their information from being easily accessed and manipulated."

The report includes additional recommendations for social media websites to protect themselves from the dangers associated with user-generated content. Because many social media sites run PHP, a Web development language common to more than 75% of websites, they are vulnerable to Remote and Local File Inclusion attacks, which can be launched from user-generated uploads.

Highlights from Dissecting a Hacktivist Attack include:

How User-Generated Content is an Achilles Heel: Imperva describes how hackers can take advantage of user-generated content to initiate RFI attacks against PHP-based applications and offers advice to improve security.

How Enterprises Can Deploy Stronger Password Protection Techniques: Imperva believes that more than 90% of the MilitarySingles.com passwords were cracked in 9 hours. Imperva offers advice on how to better encrypt passwords to prevent future breaches.

Why Military and Government Employees Need to Interact Differently With Social Networking: Imperva questions whether it is appropriate for military and government employees with links to sensitive information to participate in social networking websites and suggests new public security policies may be required to prevent future breaches.

To download the full report, please visit: http://www.imperva.com/download.asp?id=315.

Get up to date security news at the Imperva Data Security blog: www.blog.imperva.com

About Imperva

Imperva is a pioneer and leader of a new category of data security solutions for high-value business data in the data center. With more than 1,800 end-user customers and thousands of organizations protected through cloud-based deployments, Imperva's customers include leading enterprises, government organizations, and managed service providers who rely on Imperva to prevent sensitive data theft from hackers and insiders. The award-winning Imperva SecureSphere identifies and secures high-value data across file systems, web applications and databases. For more information, visit www.imperva.com, follow us on Twitter or visit our blog.

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