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The Google Hacking Database

Be afraid, be very afraid. The irrepressible Johnny Long has just released the Google Hacking Database (GHDB). Before you doubt the man’s integrity, be reassured he is completely legitimate, a highly renowned security consultant, and hey, a practising Christian to boot, so that’s okay then.

The scary thing about the GHDB is how easily it demonstrates the weaknesses in web site security policies. j0hnny somewhat uncharitably refers to the web practitioners who allow such exposure of their systems as googledorks and helpfully provides us with a definition: (gOO gôl’Dôrk, noun, slang) : An inept or foolish person as revealed by Google.

If you spend too much time on this site today, I guarantee a more secure web site will be on your New Year’s resolution list, come the morning. I didn’t mean to spoil your holiday weekend, honest.

(Filed in Blog, December 31st, 2004)