304 North Cardinal St.
Dorchester Center, MA 02124

Work Hours
Monday to Friday: 7AM - 7PM
Weekend: 10AM - 5PM

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

Over the past decade many businesses and organizations have accepted the Web as a cost-effective way to interact with customers and conduct business. This includes the use of web-based applications that store and collect data such as customer data submitted via content management systems shopping carts inquiry or submit forms, and login fields.

These applications are typically accessible via the Internet and can be hacked to exploit weaknesses in the application or its infrastructure. For instance, SQL injection attacks (which exploit weaknesses in the database) could result in compromised databases that contain sensitive information. Attackers can also exploit the security of a Web application to detect and gain access to other, more vulnerable systems on your network.

Cross Site Scripting (XSS) is another popular Web attack type. This exploits the weaknesses of web servers to inject malicious code in web pages. The script is then executed in the victim’s web browser. This allows attackers to gain access to confidential information or redirect users to phishing sites. XSS attacks are most prevalent on message boards, blogs and web forums.

Hackers work together to overwhelm websites by sending more requests than the website can handle. This can cause the web site to slow down or shut down altogether and impede its ability to process requests and render it inaccessible for all users. This is the reason DDoS attacks are particularly devastating for small businesses that rely on their websites for operations like local restaurants or bakeries.