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


In the last decade, millions of people have accessed the Web to communicate and conduct business with their customers. This includes web-based applications that collect and store data. This includes information about customers provided through content management systems such as online shopping carts, inquiry forms or login fields.

These applications are typically accessed via the Internet and are able to be hacked to exploit weaknesses in the application or its infrastructure. SQL injection attacks that exploit weaknesses in databases, could compromise databases that contain sensitive data. Attackers could use the leverage they gain from compromising your Web application to discover other systems that are more vulnerable in your network.

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

Distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) involve hackers joining together to bombard a site with more requests than it can field. This could cause the page to slow or even stop functioning altogether, which interferes with its ability to handle requests, rendering it unusable for all users. DDoS attacks can be devastating for small businesses like local bakeries or restaurants that rely on their websites to run.