Application programming interfaces (APIs) have become the glue that holds today’s apps together. There’s an API to turn on the kitchen lights while still in bed. There’s an API to change the song playing on your house speakers. Whether the app is on your mobile device, entertainment system or garage door, APIs are what developers use to make applications function.
There are three major vulnerability types that cyberattackers target in order to “own” apps. But first, some background on what makes APIs such a security concern.