What Is Web Attack and How Does It Affect Your Business?
In the past decade, millions of people have accessed the Web to communicate and conduct business with their customers. This includes web applications that collect and store information. This includes information about customers supplied through content management systems or online shopping carts. inquiry forms or login fields.
These applications are usually accessed via the Internet and are able to be hacked to exploit vulnerabilities within the application, or in its infrastructure. For example, SQL injection attacks (which exploit weaknesses in the database) can result in compromised databases that hold sensitive information. Attackers also can leverage an advantage gained through hacking a Web application to detect and access other vulnerable systems on your network.
Other common Web attack types include Cross Site Scripting attacks (XSS) which exploit flaws in the web server to inject malicious code into web pages, that code is executed as an infected program in the victim’s browser. This allows attackers to steal confidential information or redirect users to phishing websites. XSS attacks are the most frequent on message boards, blogs and web forums.
Hackers band together to overwhelm a website by sending more requests than the website can handle. This can cause the web page to lag or completely shut down and impede the ability of the site to process requests, making it unusable for everyone. This is why DDoS attacks are especially devastating for small businesses that depend on their websites to run for their business, such as local bakeries or restaurants.