Imperva, which provides security solutions for high-value business data, has released its May Hacker Intelligence report, which focuses on the dangers exposed by a recent attack on a social networking site for lonely members of the military.
The database of MilitarySingles.com was targeted by hackers in March this year, who accessed sensitive information on more than 170,000 members. With concerns subsequently raised over the vulnerability of social media features and the protection of details relating to military personnel, Imperva have produced the report, titled Dissecting a Hacktivist Attack.
"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 of 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".
Significantly, the report states that more than 90 per cent of the MilitarySingles.com passwords were cracked in nine hours, and Imperva called for better encrypted passwords to prevent future breaches.