24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year (366-days in a Leap Year like 2012), hackers are hard at work.
- 63% did not know they had been hacked.
- 20% were hacked because hackers exploited out of date or insecure software on their site.
- 12% were hacked because the computer used to update their website was infected with a virus or malware.
- 9% were convinced they were hacked as part of an all-out attack on the server where their website was hosted.
- 6% said their username/password (or their colleague’s) was used to access their website.
- 2% used a public computer or public WiFi network at an internet cafe to make changes on their website.
Hackers love known “clean websites” because it gives excellent cover for their dirty deeds. If you hack the Disney website, you can relax knowing you’re less likely to be blocked by web security software.
Breaking into a clean website gives hackers free hosting with the added luxuries of computing power and bandwidth. Cyber crooks also hijack clean websites to spread badware.
While you think your website problem is limited to you, hackers think global. The same energy it takes to hijack one site can be used to hijack hundreds or thousands of websites that use the same software.
Once your website has been exploited, the cyber thug can:
- Host Malware: Any computer visiting your website can become infected or emails can be sent to those visiting your website convincing them to download a malware file.
- URL Redirect: By changing a few lines of HTML code, your hacked site becomes a “front door” to badware. When a computer visits your site, it is instantly redirected to a page filled with spam product or malware.
- Hosting, Phishing, Spam Pages & Pornography: Your hacked website can now have one or two static pages. The unwitting visitor to your clean page now goes to phishing pages for banks or PayPal or spam pages for pharmaceuticals or male sex enhancers… your website can becomes a vendor for pornography without your knowledge.
- Vandalism: Some hackers want to just want to personally embarrass the website owner. Sometimes, your competitor may be the cause.
36% who found out their website was hacked, had no clue how their site was being misused.
While making a visit to their site, 49% of website owners found out their site was hacked by a warning from their browser. Ironically, only 7% were warned their website was hijacked by their website host provider.
In a world where cyber criminals never stop, website owners don’t have the luxury of stopping either.
Find a website host provider who will provide you the best protection for your dollar.
However, a website owner’s best protection against hackers is to keep your own eyes on your own website.
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