Websites experience 22 attacks per day on average— that’s over 8,000 attacks per year, according to SiteLock data. A website vulnerability is a weakness or misconfiguration in a website or web application code that allows an attacker to gain some level of control of the site, and possibly the hosting server. Most vulnerabilities are exploited through automated means, such as vulnerability scanners and botnets. Cybercriminals write specialized tools that scour the internet for certain platforms, like WordPress or Joomla, looking for common and publicized vulnerabilities. Once found, these vulnerabilities are then exploited to steal data, distribute malicious content, or inject defacement and spam content into the vulnerable site.
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SiteLock is expanding the network behind our web application firewall, TrueShield, and our content delivery network, TrueSpeed. To accommodate our growing customer base, we’re adding over 130,000 new unique IP addresses on May 1st, 2017. This will require some customers to make changes to their firewall or web server configuration to ensure our new servers are compatible with your website’s hosting server. If these changes are not made by May 1st, 2017, your site visitors may be restricted from accessing your website.
SiteLock is expanding the network behind our web application firewall, TrueShield, and our content delivery network, TrueSpeed. To accommodate our growing customer base, we’re adding over 1,500 new unique IP addresses on January 8th, 2017. This will require some customers to make changes to their firewall or web server configuration to ensure our new servers are compatible with your website’s hosting server. If these changes are not made by January 8th, 2017, your site visitors may be restricted from accessing your website.
As a website owner, one of your main goals is to increase website traffic. Ultimately, the more traffic you have, the more revenue your business generates…right? Well, not necessarily. And we can explain why.
Bots represent over 60 percent of all website traffic, meaning there are potentially more Internet bots than humans frequenting your site. There are essentially two types of bots, “good” and “bad.” Good bots carry out jobs like search engine crawling. Bad bots represent 35 percent of all bot traffic and perform malicious tasks, like DDoS attacks. Not to mention that the more web traffic visiting and requesting information from your site, the slower it renders.
In honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), SiteLock has published new website security data to help raise awareness about the need for increased website protection and cybersecurity.
Over 760,000 websites are breached each year. However, only 6 percent of website owners use proactive website monitoring for suspicious activity, while 84 percent don’t find out about website attacks until after they’ve been compromised.
Cybercriminals are unpredictable. They’ll surprise you by sneaking into your website, executing attacks and harming your data and business. You can think of it like a baseball game, in which the hacker is trying to make it to the next base without getting called out. Secure all your bases by learning a little about how hackers attack your website.
It is hard to keep track of all the websites that are compromised on a daily basis. Cybercriminals are constantly crawling the web for targets, and they’ll often go after websites you might not expect, such as a vegan cooking blog. So what does a hacker look for in a website? And why would they be tempted to attack your site? Here are some examples so you have an accurate picture of common website attacks.
You know that awkward moment when you’re screen sharing with your boss and a Viagra ad appears on your screen? It’s difficult to rebound from an embarrassing moment like that, even when you did nothing to prompt it. These “pharma” hacks happen all the time, and it is just one example of what can happen when a site falls victim to cyberattacks. Luckily, the team at SiteLock is here to help you avoid these rather uncomfortable situations.
SiteLock offers comprehensive, cloud-based website security solutions to businesses of all sizes. We protect websites from a multitude of attacks and threats, pharma hacks being just one example. Check out our video to learn more about who we are, what we do and how some of our products work.
Over one billion websites exist today. With an excess of websites to choose from, we hear many people ask, why did my site get hacked? How did it get hacked? What damage has been done? While there are various reasons and ways a cybercriminal could have hacked your site, there is a very good chance (80% to be exact) they were after your web applications. Web applications account for 80% of website vulnerabilities, making them a very attractive target to cybercriminals.
According to a recent report from Google, nearly all website owners rely solely on Google’s Safe Browsing program to alert them when their site has been hacked. The report, released this month titled “Remedying Web Hijacking: Notification Effectiveness and Webmaster Comprehension,” concludes that only 6% of webmasters discovered an infection via proactive monitoring for suspicious activity. That’s alarming.
Why is this a problem?