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Sloppy old code leaves banks at risk to hackers

Sloppy old code leaves banks at risk to hackers

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Old and sloppily written code is exposing businesses to hackers, new research has warned, with the financial sector at the highest risk.After reviewing more than 278 million lines of code in 1,388 applications worldwide, researchers have found 1.3 million weaknesses which could allow hackers to take advantage of corporate systems.Research by software company CAST found that financial services institutions had the worst code, according to a benchmark called the Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE).CWE is a repository of known security weaknesses hackers could take advantage of and covers software architecture as well as the code itself.Software in the financial sector has the most coding mistakes and non-secure coding practices for every thousand lines of code in its applications - its CWE den...