Indian authorities have issued a public statement to thank the young hacker for exposing the vulnerabilities in their websites.
“Thank you for your advice,” said Sanjay Kumar Verma, Joint Secretary, eGovernance and Information Technology. “We are fixing codes one by one. Your help in probing websites of various Indian embassies is a great help.”
Yesterday he contacted me because he hacked a website belonging to the Italian Government. The database accessed by the hacker contains roughly 45,000 users, including login credentials.
Kapustkiy told me he has exploited an SQLi flaw in the ‘Dipartimento della Funzione Pubblica’ website to gain access to the database. He shared a Pastebin link containing the reference to an excel file containing the user records in the database.
The excel includes email addresses of the users, used as username, and encrypted passwords.
The link points to an excel file containing only 9,000 records, the young hacker published only a small portion of overall data in order to give Italian experts time to solve the problem.
Kapustkiy first contacted the site’s administrators to report the issue but without reply, only after the news went public someone has put the site in maintenance mode.
“I did not get any response from the administrators. I hope they will improve their security,” he told me.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.