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08/07/2008 12:26 PM ID: 72581 Permalink   

Google Gadgets Could Be Used In Hack Attack


Two security researchers, Robert Hansen and Tom Stracener, claim that hackers can potentially use different types of gadgets like the ones offered by Google to access someone's personal information. Google distributes gadgets made by other users.

The gadgets can add flair to a users web page but can also open a door for hackers. Google claims they evaluate all applications thoroughly and blacklists any that have malicious code. The problem also exists with other social networking sites.

Google says no "inline" gadgets have been made since November 2007 that can access users account information. Google says in their defense gadgets "provide a convenient way for users to view information collected from around the Web in one place."

    WebReporter: gws1968 Show Calling Card      
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  I have found that the best way to secure a system  
is to simply allow everyone the knowledge of a particular bug or flaw. That way it forces the bugs to be fixed. If you put the knowledge out there, it will increase security and also help eliminate bugs in the software.
  by: slavefortheman     08/07/2008 02:03 PM     
  I've got an other news!  
Hackers will use anything as they are very ressourcefull!
  by: Rv3   08/07/2008 02:47 PM     
  Its true, Google is a beast  
Like any other stay away if you are afraid of being bitten but otherwise yes, you do have some awesome tools at your disposal. The world would be so BORING if God never gave us a sandbox here and there.
  by: maverick7h     08/07/2008 05:37 PM     
I have been officially saying that since March 2003 about the stupid toolbars and gadgets. Oh well. Im not in it for the fame anyway.
  by: cyphercrash   08/09/2008 08:59 AM     
i see none of you caught the fact that ROBERT HANSEN just mentioned we should look elsewhere at something. i bet he is a spy...
  by: DRK   08/10/2008 02:06 PM     
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