There has been an interesting trend on the forums as of late. HACKER SAFE© sites are being targeted to identify the vulnerabilities in them. Ultimately the type of vulnerability assessments performed by Scan Alert has been essentially proven to be ineffective at the 99% rate that they claim. I know I’ve written about this before but this time the name of a security watermark is being used as an effective method for finding vulnerable websites. That’s right, the people on the forum are inventing Google Dorks to locate sites that bear Scan Alert’s watermark as they are probable targets for exploitation.
Not many security companies have the distinction of having such flawed methodology for testing for vulnerabilities that their services are being used as a method for finding vulnerable websites that they certify as being 99% safe, according to their website.
According to Scan Alert they help companies convert 14% better with their logo (thanks to Kyran for the link). Clearly the marketing aspect is worthwhile, even if it makes your company an even larger target to hackers. I encourage anyone using Scan Alert to hire a professional to do a real vulnerability assessment based on the results from the forum and ditch the logo before it makes you an even larger target to the people you are claiming to be safe from.