A recent article in the New Scientist revealed the results of a survey carried out by Dan Farmer, the programmer who developed the SATAN programme.
SATAN (Security Administrator Tool for Analysing Networks) is a program that selectively roots around a Web site looking for holes that could lead to security breaches.
When Farmer made the program available for free last year, he was criticised for siding with the hacker community. Once SATAN has scanned a site, it could alert a hacker to vulnerable areas, thus compromising any security features the site has.
But Farmer believes SATAN has a more righteous quality and expressed his surprise at so many sites being open to attack. He said: "More than 60% of the 2,200 sites we looked at had gaping holes just waiting to be exploited."
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