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

In the last decade over the past decade, millions of businesses and organizations have embraced the Web as a cheap way to interact with customers and conduct business. This includes the use of web-based apps that store and collect data including customer information provided via content management systems, shopping carts, inquiry or submit forms and login fields.

Since these applications are online-based and often accessed from anywhere in the world, they are susceptible to hacking attempts to exploit weaknesses in the application or its infrastructure. SQL injection attacks which exploit weaknesses in databases, can compromise databases that contain sensitive data. Attackers also can leverage the security of a Web application to identify and access other, more vulnerable systems on your network.

Cross Site Scripting (XSS) is another common Web attack type. This exploits vulnerabilities in web servers to inject malicious code into web pages. The script then runs in the victim’s web browser. This allows attackers to steal confidential information or redirect users to phishing sites. Web forums, message boards, and blogs are prone to XSS attacks.

Hackers band together to overwhelm websites by sending more requests than the website can handle. This can cause a website’s performance to suffer or even stop functioning completely. This can affect the ability to process requests, and renders it unusable for everyone. This is why DDoS attacks can be especially damaging for small businesses that depend on their websites to run for their business, such as local restaurants or bakeries.

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