J is for Java Script

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February 6, 2017

J is for JavaScript. JavaScript is a core component of and present in almost every element of the web browsing experience. Because of the prolific nature of JavaScript on the web, any JavaScript vulnerabilities that are identified are valuable to cybercriminals and can be exploited to attack websites, individuals and networks.
“This programming language was developed under the code name Mocha and was originally known as LiveScript. It was created in just 10 days by Netscape Communications Corporation and the programmer, Brendan Eich, later went on to co-found the Mozilla Project”, explains Amit Ashbel, Cyber Security Evangelist at Checkmarx.
Amit continues with the history, saying “The language was created by Eich as a more accessible glue type language for casual programmers who were building web content instead of Java, which was seen as a component language used by higher priced programmers. Despite the confusion between Java and JavaScript, the name change from LiveScript to JavaScript actually worked as a marketing tactic to capitalise on the hot programming language of the time.”
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