The Web is a hacker's playground

"I see a time where there might be a Good Housekeeping­style seal of approval for the security of sites," says Devost. "There are organizations that do that now for privacy. Why not for security?"

Oh, and another thing. If you're a Web site manager, don't make the mistake of challenging a hacker. I told Eran Reshef about the news site's suggestion that Perfecto's business model was nothing more than a snake-oil pitch. Within 30 minutes, Reshef told me, Perfecto had gained access to the source code on the news site's server. He added, "That means I can do pretty much anything, including shut down the site."

But since Reshef is a Boy Scout, the Web site in question managed to escape unscathed--this time. But if I had a Web-based business--or any plans to open one--I'd be thinking very seriously about hiring a bodyguard.

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