What Is Web Attack and How Does It Affect Your Business?

In the past decade, a lot of people have utilized the Web to communicate and conduct business with their customers. This includes web applications that store and collect data. This includes customer information provided through content management systems, online shopping carts, inquiry forms, or login fields.

They are usually accessed via the Internet and can be hacked in order to exploit weaknesses within the application or its supporting infrastructure. SQL injection attacks which exploit weaknesses in databases, could compromise databases that contain sensitive information. Attackers could use the leverage they gain by compromising your Web application to identify other systems that are more vulnerable within your network.

Cross Site Scripting (XSS) is a different Web attack type. This exploits vulnerabilities in web servers to inject malicious code in web pages. The script executes within the victim’s browser. This allows attackers steal confidential information or redirect the user to websites that are phishing. Web forums, message boards and blogs are prone to XSS attacks.

Distributed attacks on service (DDoS) involve hackers joining together to bombard a website with more requests than it can handle. This can cause the site to slow down or shut down altogether in a way that hinders its ability to handle requests, rendering it unusable for all users. DDoS attacks can be devastating for small businesses like local bakeries or restaurants that depend on their websites to run.

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