In the past decade, millions of people have used the Web to communicate and conduct business with their customers. This includes web-based 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 typically accessed via the Internet and can be hacked in order to exploit weaknesses in the application or its infrastructure. SQL injection attacks which exploit weaknesses within databases, could compromise databases that contain sensitive information. Attackers can also leverage an advantage gained through hacking a Web application to discover and access other vulnerable systems on your network.
Cross Site Scripting (XSS) is another well-known Web attack type. This exploits the weaknesses of web servers to inject malicious code into web pages. The script then runs within the victim’s browser. This allows attackers steal confidential information or redirect the user to websites that offer phishing. Web forums, message boards, and blogs are particularly susceptible to XSS attacks.
Distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) involve hackers banding together to bombard a website with more requests than it can field. This can cause a website’s performance to drop or even cease to function completely. This can affect the ability to handle requests, rendering it inaccessible to all. This is the reason DDoS attacks are particularly devastating for small businesses that rely on their websites for operations for their business, such as local restaurants or bakeries.