AyiedNet – Cybercrime and to be more specific, hacking has been on the rise. Hackers are getting smarter and more sophisticated in their sick game. Reports have emerged showing that they don’t operate as individuals but rather as a close-knit hacking community. Here they post and share new web application intrusion systems meant to give you sleepless nights. Membership to these websites and forums is exclusive to a select few.
Every day you read about a new hacking attack in which the pages of a reputable website are infected with malware. These attacks turn the website into a launch site. Anybody who visits the hacked website is at high risk of getting their PC infiltrated.
Why has cyber crime thrived? Well, the answer is straightforward; the adoption of web based technologies for conducting e-business has created a perfect breeding ground for hackers. Whereas these applications allow the business to connect seamlessly with clients and suppliers, a number of previously unidentified security threats have emerged.
The reasons as to why your website has been targeted by hackers can be many. Igor Gamanenko, the Customer Success Manager of Semalt Digital Services, offers to look at a few then figure a way to protect yourself.
Hacking for extraction of sensitive data
Any business operating online is bound to have some web applications ranging from the shopping cart, login pages, submission forms, dynamic content plus other bespoke web apps. These web applications have been designed to help visitors create, submit and retrieve confidential data, which is stored in the database.
Since your business operates 24/7, anybody from anywhere in the world can surf through it. Unfortunately, any insecure web application provides an open the door to hackers. If they do gain access to your database, then you are in big trouble. Your customers’ personal and credit card details could be sold or exposed to the rest of the world. Hundreds of companies have lost legal battles over the exposure or theft of this sensitive information. Others have closed shop. All have lost the trust of stakeholders and clients.
Hacking to implement a phishing scheme
Do not assume that since your database is offline and secure, you’re safe from hacking. Your website can be hacked to fool users into visiting ‘harmless’ links redirected from your web pages. This is how they do it: they inject code into your web applications so that the user gets redirected to a phishing site, which is then used to retrieve their bank account details. Any website found to be phishing (even if you are just a victim) is liable for a lawsuit. An expensive one.
Hacking to abuse a bandwidth
Bandwidth can be an expensive commodity. Something that a hacker would love to use to conduct illegal business such as sharing pirated content. When the federal authorities come knocking, it is you who will have some explaining to make.
As is evident, your website can be hacked into for any reason. Believe it, or not some hackers infiltrate your website just for SEO purposes? Queer, right?
Acunetix will protect you
Protect yourself from the hackers by using Acunetix. Complex SQL injections and cross site scripting attacks like those unleashed on the UN website, United Stated Department of Homeland Security, Yahoo and United Kingdom’s Civil Service could have been prevented by using Acunetix. Try it today. You’ll be safe.