Longtime readers will recognize my standard security mantra: convenience equals insecurity. Call me a security Luddite in that I believe it's sometimes better do things the long way around because shortcuts in computer software or Internet services most often leave you vulnerable. That sentiment seems to be shared by Billy Hoffman. He's a researcher at SPI Dynamics who, while criticizing businesses that race to deliver AJAX-enabled Web sites without regard to security, focused his two Black Hat Web 2.0 presentations on the potential troubles lurking within AJAX--in particular, how some hot new Web sites are ineptly filtering user input and thus newly opening the end user and the enterprise itself to old-style attacks.
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