HackerRank, a cybersecurity company, published an article yesterday titled “Why is sql hacking such a big deal?
The real reason,” in which they argue that “there is no better tool for data breaches than sql hacking.”
HackerRank’s title, in a nutshell, is that sql hacking is “a very effective way to gain access to data.”
And the company has a few concrete examples of the use of sql hacking to breach a variety of systems, including the Sony Playstation Network, the Microsoft Azure cloud storage, and the Google Cloud Platform.
In other words, sql hacking can be used to gain full access to the system.
But HackerRank doesn’t just say this, it goes on to describe the “real” reasons why sql hacking might be so effective in a breach.
Specifically, HackerRank says that the following are the main reasons for using sql hacking: You can access sensitive data: The hacker can gain full administrative access to a system that’s been breached.
You can view the contents of the system: The attacker can access the system’s files and databases.
The attacker knows how the system works and can remotely shut it down.
SQL hacking allows the attacker to “read the source code, which can then be used for code analysis and debugging.”
The hackers can also gain access and execute arbitrary code.
For example, you can “get a list of all of the vulnerabilities in a vulnerable system, then use that to execute arbitrary SQL commands.”
You can read sensitive data out of the database: The hacker can read the database’s contents.
SQL can be written to and read from the database, as long as the database has the right permissions and the user has the appropriate privileges.
SQL is a data-recovery tool.
If a hacker can’t get full access or read data, they can use other techniques to recover data.
For instance, you could write SQL to the database and then use the database to store some data.
You could write an attacker’s SQL script to the SQL database, then run the attacker’s script to recover the data.
And you can write SQL in the database itself, which gives the attacker the ability to recover sensitive data that the attacker can’t read out of it.
In short, SQL hacking can enable the attacker “to gain full control over a system” and “make the system less vulnerable to attacks.”