More often than not, when people think of a hacker, they think of someone technologically infiltrating a network and stealing mass amounts of sensitive information sitting behind it. In actuality, hackers tend to employ methods that take advantage of individual users, often in tandem with some form of social engineering.
Author: Neill Feather
Searching for content within a database can be a little trickier than searching files, but the options are pretty similar. Following up on last week’s blog titled, “How to Look for Malware in your Website Files” we talk about how to look for malware in databases and what types of things you should be looking for.
It can come as quite a surprise when a site owner is notified that their site has been compromised with malware. After the shock wears off, and the immediate impact understood, it’s important to take stock of what has actually happened behind the scenes and then clean it up. The best advice anyone can give you is to make frequent, downloaded backups of your site in the event something happens to the live version so that the clean backup can replace the live, hacked version.
But what if there is no clean, viable backup available? In a world where websites have hundreds, if not thousands of files, how can any one person go about cleaning out an infection in just a small number of those files? In this two part series, we’ll talk about how to look for malware in both files and databases and give a couple examples of what to be on the lookout for.
Over the past couple of years, it has become apparent that similar to home and office computers needing anti-virus software and a firewall to keep them protected, individual websites have become a prime target for hackers, and they too require some form of protection. As it becomes a more lucrative racket for hackers worldwide, it’s more important than ever to understand what malware, or malicious software, is, and how it has increasingly become a problem for websites of all sizes. Before we talk about how a website can be protected from malware, let’s first cover some common purposes of malware, how it generally works and what it means for a website after it’s infected.