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Topic: The Web Hacking Incident Database (WHID) 2007 Report

Speaker: Ryan C. Barnett

Ryan C. Barnett is a recognized security thought leader and evangelist who frequently speaks with the media and industry groups.


He is the director of application security at Breach Security. He is also a faculty member for the SANS Institute, where his duties include instructor/courseware developer for Apache Security/Building a Web Application Firewall Workshop, Top 20 Vulnerabilities Team Member and Local Mentor for the SANS Track 4, "Hacker Techniques, Exploits and Incident Handling" course. He holds six SANS Global Information Assurance Certifications (GIAC): Intrusion Analyst (GCIA), Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA), Forensic Analyst (GCFA), Incident Handler (GCIH), Unix Security Administrator (GCUX) and Security Essentials (GSEC).


Mr. Barnett also serves as the team lead for the Center for Internet Security Apache Benchmark Project and is a member of the Web Application Security Consortium. His web security book, "Preventing Web Attacks with Apache,” was published by Addison/Wesley in 2006.


Abstract: The Web Hacking Incident Database (WHID) 2007 Report

The web hacking incident database (WHID) 2007 Report is a Web Application Security Consortium project dedicated to maintaining a list of web applications related security incidents. The database classifies each reported attack by, among other criteria, the method used, the outcome of the attack and the industry and the country of the attacked organization. Based on the database Breach Labs which sponsors WHID issues a periodical report on trends in Web Application Security.


By providing answers to questions such as:

  • The drivers behind Web hacking.
  • The technology hackers use.
  • The types of organizations attacked most often.
  • The common outcomes


The presentation will discuss WHID statistics, focusing on rising trends in Web Attacks in the 1st half of 2008. As the WHID enables research into the business model behind hacking, the presentation goes beyond discussing the technical aspects of attacks such as SQL injection crawlers and Web Site herding, to discussing the business model common to all of the attacks: Economy of scale.