A software program taking advantage of vulnerabilities in software. An exploit can be used by
crackers for breaking security or
for otherwise attacking a host over the network.
During the second week of May 2005, crackers shut down
Japan’s major price-comparison Website, Kaku.com Inc. After investigating the
cause, the company discovered alterations in its software programs and a virus
that, company officials feared, may have been transmitted to some users’
computers. The online company said that it would likely lose 40 million yen in
revenue as a result of the exploit.
Black Hats; Cracking; Security.
Shimbun, A. Websites Get Costly Lesson in Security. [Online, May 18, 2005.] The
Asahi Shimbun Company Website. http://www.asahi.com/english/Herald-asahi/
TKY200505180108.html; Symantec Security Response. Glossary. [Online, 2004.]
Symantec Security Response Website. http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/refa.html.