Hackers infect BusinessWeek website via SQL Injection attack

Graham Cluley
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Sophos experts have discovered that the website of BusinessWeek, the world famous weekly magazine, has been attacked by hackers in an attempt to infect the readership with malware.

Hundreds of pages on a part of BusinessWeek’s website which offers information about where MBA students might find future employers have been struck by the SQL Injection attack – where a security vulnerability is exploited in order to insert malicious code into the site’s underlying database.

It’s worrying when any site suffers from a malicious SQL Injection attack, but when it’s also one of the 1000 busiest websites on the internet the stakes are even higher. The potentially large number of people visiting the site and accessing information to assist their careers may be putting their finances or personal data in jeopardy if they are not properly protected.

As we reported in our recent Security Threat Report, over…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.