10 Mar Why do websites get hacked
The main reason: Economic Gains
These are mostly known as Black-Hat SEO campaigns or Drive-by-Downloads and the main motive behind these is monetary profits. So, you can understand that they are trying to make money from your website audiences.
There have been numerous instances where hackers inject your website with a malware, which spreads over to your visitors. The next bad thing that happens are the calls you get from your visitors complaining about the fake piece of software that the malware from your website recommended. What’s more realistic and scarier is when users believe in the fake software and even expose their bank account details, only to know later that it has been drained. This type of attack is known as Drive-by-Downloads.
The next most common way of hackers is using Blackhat SEO spamming techniques. In this case, your audiences are directed to other pages using your branding and logo. Therefore, the affiliate revenues they generate by misleading your audiences are very much lucrative in some cases. Although, the pharmaceutical domain is more inflicted by these sorts, other industries have also fallen prey to Blackhat spams. They inject links through your website which are sometimes visible to you as well. Once, search engines pick up those links from your website in their index, the hackers start generating revenue from your audiences who are redirected away from your page.
Your website must be running on your individual or shared server. These resources are used by programs that continuously keep building a leasing environment off your stack. Farming your resources along with a host of other servers make it profitable enough for many cyber groups.
Most of such systems are built by botnets which are like small programs that interconnect themselves across the web. These systems can be any device connected to the internet. Some common attacks like Denial of Service, Brute Force and some other automated attacking tools have turned sophisticated over the years. These continue over a very long period of time without letting the owner realize. But, then one day, your host shuts down your virtual box or you receive notices of hacking attempts. Your bandwidth limit exceeds and your business online stops all of a sudden.
You must have heard of many websites getting defaced by hacking groups. The objective behind these is to draw attention or protest some cause. Most often, websites belonging to Governments, Organizations and institutions are targeted. But, if your website falls in some targeted niche, you may also be an unlucky one falling prey to online social evils.
Hackers here do not target any financial or other types of gain. Their main objective is to make people aware of some agenda and also embarrass the website owner proving how futile and insecure the website is.
When young Computer-savvy teens are bored of anything in the world, many of them do divert their curiosity to hacking and breaking into stuffs. They feel it’s an amusement. We do not expect them to be experts at this but mostly some of them find it easy to know a few tit-bits on hacking and implement them. So, if you are caught off guard, be sure that a prick might just bring your website down.
Taking Precautions is the Key to Good Security
While many of you may be surprised by the information above, it’s always safe to say that taking the best precautions will always keep you a step ahead of the culprits. If you pretend to be an ostrich and keep yourself in the dark, you will obviously become an easy target not knowing what’s going on in the outside world. You might not be a victim till today. Who knows about a bad day tomorrow? Even Google acknowledges the fact and blacklists more than 10k sites per day and 20k+ sites are tagged as phishers in a month.
Bruce Schneider says:
“As a species, we are risk averse when it comes to gains, but risk seeking when it comes to loss.”
This might be bitter to hear but it’s true to every word. We have met a lot of Website owners who claim to have a website for more than a decade and have never been hacked. In fact, these are the people who come out with an interesting story at some point of time in their life. When you test a happy path algorithm for your website/project you are always smiling. Let’s poke the bad codes on your website and see how much it can withstand?
This is taking precaution and keeping yourself ready for most attacks thrown at you. To take a step ahead on security does not mean, you are eliminating the threat. You are just adding a layer of protection making it more difficult for the hacker to get into your server. The fight between good and bad has always been there. It’s just about who has taken more steps to ensure its survival.