Small businesses may think they are too small for hackers to consider them a target. Unfortunately, they are very wrong. I wrote a piece on website hacking for CA+14.
Is Your Website Secure?
Many small or medium sized businesses think their website is too small to be hacked. Unfortunately, many find out that this isn’t the case. According to Sucuri, “In our analyses, we have found that it takes about 30 – 45 days for a new website, with no content or audience, to be identified and added to a bot crawler. Once added, the attacks commence immediately without any real rhyme or reason. It can be any type of website, the only commonality is that it is connected to the web.” 1 The bots look for any vulnerability on the site and then attempt to exploit that vulnerability to gain access to the site.
What are hackers gaining?
There are several reasons hackers attack sites. They may do it for financial gain. The hack may involve uploading malware on your site that is downloaded by a visitor. The downloaded file may install software on the visitor’s computer that can allow the hacker access to sensitive information such as banking logins. There is the potential for financial gain when this type of hack is initiated.
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