Three in four banking websites open for attacks
July 28, 2008
The University of Michigan recently released a new report that reveals that about 75 percent of online banking sites are open to hackers, placing critical and personal information of banking customers at risk of misuse by unauthorized people.
The university's study examined no less than 214 websites of banks and financial institutions in 2006. It discovered that about three-quarters of these sites contained some kind of security flaws that can place customers at risk of having their information hacked into.
Since all the websites examined had serious design errors, they could not be fixed with just a simple patch.
Some examples include putting a secure log-in box on an insecure page, or offering contact information on insecure pages.
The report also found that almost 40 percent of the banking sites had customers being redirected outside of the site's domain without any notification, while over 30 percent offered to email passwords to customers.
Source: Tech Blog.
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