Friday, February 1, 2008

The Free edition of Acunetix Cross Site Scripting Security Scanner reaches 50,000 downloads in only 20 weeks

Businesses have been quick to identify the benefits of protecting their websites from the growing threat of Cross Site Scripting vulnerabilities

London, UK – 25 January 2008 – Acunetix announced today that the Free Edition of its web vulnerability scanner has been downloaded more than 50,000 times since its launch in early September 2007. Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner (WVS) allows companies to test for cross site scripting vulnerabilities in their websites without incurring any costs.

Sarah Tabone, Sales & Operations Manager at Acunetix said, “We are delighted to see that the free edition of our product has been so well received in such a short period of time. Businesses are starting to recognize the danger their web sites are under and are using the free edition of Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner (WVS) to protect them.

“The free XSS scanner is giving security officers around the world access to a specialized cross site scanning tool that allows them to evaluate their web sites for the threat of cross site scripting.”

Hackers use Cross Site Scripting (XSS) to embed malicious scripts into a vulnerable dynamic page to deceive the user, executing the script on his/her machine to collect data. The use of XSS can compromise valuable private information, manipulate or steal cookies, create requests that can be taken for those of a valid user, or execute malicious code on the end-user systems. The data is typically formatted as a hyperlink with malicious content that is then distributed on the internet. Cross site scripting vulnerabilities are highly dangerous and there has been a serious increase in the number of the attacks in recent years.

The Free Edition of Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner is available at:

About Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner
Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner ensures website security by automatically checking for SQL injection, Cross site scripting and other vulnerabilities. It checks password strength on authentication pages and automatically audits shopping carts, forms, dynamic content and other web applications. As the scan is being completed, the software produces detailed reports that pinpoint where vulnerabilities exist. Acunetix WVS Reporting Application allows security alerts to be presented in a document which abides by the PCI Compliance specification.

About Acunetix
Acunetix was founded to combat the alarming rise in web attacks. Its flagship product, Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner, is the result of several years of work by a team of highly experienced security developers. Acunetix is a privately held European company.

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