Pentesting a Non-Profit Company
A non-profit organization specializing in providing educational resources to underprivileged communities aimed to bolster their internal and external cybersecurity measures. The organization had recently implemented new IT security protocols to protect its digital infrastructure and wanted to test their effectiveness. Hence, they engaged NextdoorSEC to perform external and internal penetration testing and evaluate whether their investments in IT security had yielded the desired results.
The objectives of the penetration testing conducted by NextdoorSEC included:
External Penetration Test:
- Breaching the organization’s digital defenses from an outsider’s perspective is akin to a malicious hacker with no prior knowledge of the organization.
- Uncovering and extracting any sensitive information, such as staff login credentials, donor details, and strategic plans.
- Assessing the security of the organization’s wireless network and whether it could be exploited from the outside.
Internal Penetration Test:
- Targeting and compromising any sensitive servers, such as those holding donor databases, educational content, and staff records.
- Extracting sensitive information without raising suspicion amongst the organization’s employees.
- Emulating an “insider threat” scenario to understand its potential impact.
NextdoorSEC employed various strategies using custom-made and industry-standard tools, including manual and automated testing techniques. The penetration tests were performed from a ‘blackbox‘ perspective, mirroring real-world scenarios where attackers do not know the target.
Despite the organization’s improved IT security measures, the internal penetration test revealed a lack of robust internal security. The external penetration test focused on public-facing domains and services like the organization’s website, email services, and remote access systems, which yielded insightful results.
Upon completion, NextdoorSEC provided the organization with a comprehensive report, which included an executive summary, technical findings, and recommendations for remediation.
✅ Payment Gateway Vulnerability
The organization’s payment gateway was susceptible to a critical exploit that allowed the testers to intercept and manipulate transaction data.
✅ Excessive Information Leakage
Various e-commerce platform elements inadvertently revealed excessive information about the organization’s IT infrastructure, which could aid targeted attacks.
✅ Unsecured Customer Data
NextdoorSEC testers gained unrestricted access to the customer database, highlighting a major security flaw that could allow a malicious attacker to steal sensitive customer information.
✅ Administrator Access to Web Servers
Full admin access was achieved on the organization’s web servers. An actual attacker could take over the website or inject malicious code.
✅ Admin Access on Employees’ Systems
Full admin access was obtained on the systems the staff managing the e-commerce platform used. This could allow an attacker to manipulate product listings and prices and even siphon off funds.
✅ Vulnerabilities in User Account Systems
The system for managing user accounts was flawed, potentially allowing an attacker to hijack or create phantom accounts.
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