Why would a hacker target your site? There are many motivations to hack a website other than just taking someone’s credit card information. Once a hacker is in your website they can steal sensitive information, inject malware, inject a virus, create SEO Spam, ransomware and internet graffiti.
- Stealing sensitive customer information: Hackers can steal credit card information of your customers or use their personal data to sell for a profit either to the actual customer or to third parties.
- Malware injections: Malware is code that can be used for malicious attacks on your website. Malware is the most popular way to receive login/password information, credit card fraud, identity theft, adware (pop-ups) and illegally monitoring a site just to name a few.
- Virus injection: Similar to malware but a virus is self-propagating.
- Create SEO spam: Some hackers will infiltrate your website without you knowing and change the SEO algorithm. This will plummet your SEO and google search results and can take months/years to recover. This can also allow them to redirect traffic, bypassing your website and going directly to the hackers own website.
- Ransomware: just how it sounds, a hacker taking over your website and holding it for ransom from you
- Internet graffiti: usually a younger person attacking your website for fun. Altering the appearance of your website.