In the last decade in the last decade, millions of companies and organizations have accepted the Web as an inexpensive way to connect with customers and conduct business. This includes web-based applications that store and collect data. This includes customer information submitted through content management systems or online shopping carts. inquiry forms, or login fields.
These applications are usually accessed via the Internet and can be hacked to exploit vulnerabilities within the application or its supporting infrastructure. SQL injection attacks, which exploit weaknesses in databases, can compromise databases that hold sensitive data. Attackers can use the foothold they gain through compromising your Web application to locate other, more vulnerable systems in your network.
Other common Web attacks include Cross Site Scripting attacks (XSS) that exploit weaknesses in the web server to inject malicious code into web pages, it executes as an infected code in the victim’s browser. This allows attackers to gain access to private information or redirect users to phishing websites. Web forums, message boards and blogs are prone to XSS attacks.
Hackers band together to overwhelm a website by sending more requests than the site can handle. This can cause a website to slow or even cease to function completely. This interferes with the ability to handle requests, making it unusable for everyone. DDoS attacks can be devastating for small businesses, like local bakeries or restaurants that depend on their websites for operation.