Black Hat Aftermath: A Broken, Battered Internet

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Aug 06, 2013 11:59 pm PST

The security of the Web is looking a little like Al Bundy right about now (look it up kids). 

Granted Black Hat is fresh on our minds and you always come away from that event less willing to use the Internet, but this year seemed especially bad in terms of new attacks—or new twists on old attacks—that leave you associating just one word with the Internet right about now: Broken!

Not sure if last week’s assault on the Internet was unprecedented, but it was perhaps the most frightening few days in a long time because a good number of the hacks uncovered in Vegas targeted architectural problems in browsers or protocols rather than patchable vulnerabilities. In other words, there’s no way to fix this stuff without a pretty sizable tear-down of things. That’s expensive, complicated and time-consuming—and in the meantime hackers have free run at these problems to pwn websites, steal accounts, monitor traffic and lots more.