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2018 Sees API Breaches Surge With No Relief in Sight
Last year the OWASP Top 10 committee was prophetic in at least one of its inclusions in the update to its industry benchmark list. For the first time, the group included insecure APIs as one of the most common attack vectors that developers need to avoid adding to their code when creating software. Looking back on 2018, you can see why they sounded the warning. This year has provided a long list of very public breaches that have gone down as a result of insecure APIs, including the most recent breach of the United Postal Service which exposed account details for more than 60 million users. Here’s the rundown of the highest profile damage wrought by poorly secured APIs: Strava. Fitness app Strava showed the world how even seemingly innocuous APIs can have damaging consequences when not securely designed. Popular among military personnel to track their fitness routes, the app managed to expose an amazing global heatmap of military bases around the world through an open API that shares users’ movements online.
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