Category: Cyber Attacks (Page 1 of 8)
The internet is everywhere, thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT). The term “Internet of Things” applies to any nonstandard computing device that connects to wifi and can transmit data. Well-known examples of IoT devices include smart speakers like Amazon Alexa or Google Home, smartwatches like the Apple Watch, internet-connected baby monitors, video doorbells, and even toys.
However, the convenience these devices offer comes with a price: insufficient security measures, vulnerabilities, and the risk that your data will be compromised. But don’t be alarmed if there’s already an IoT device in your home – we have some tips on how to best use them safely.
Malware is a major cyberthreat that can significantly damage your website or business. How can you keep your website safe when one million new malware threats are created every day? You can easily stay one step ahead of cybercriminals by familiarizing yourself with how malware can affect your site, and what you can do to prevent it.
What is malware?
Malware is software created for malicious purposes. While it is commonly associated with computers, malware can also be used to attack and infect websites.
How malware affects your website
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DDoS attacks are a common cyberthreat that can cost you thousands and take down your website. Even more alarming, they’re incredibly easy for cybercriminals to launch, and can lead to an expensive fallout for unprotected website owners. The good news: DDoS attacks are easily prevented with a web application firewall (WAF).
What is a DDoS attack?
DDoS, short for distributed denial of service, is an attack that makes a site unavailable by overwhelming it with “fake” requests and traffic. This can slow your website or crash the server it is hosted on, which takes down your site as well.
Downtime can be devastatingly expensive for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Website downtime can cost as much as $427 per minute, and DDoS attacks cost an average of $120,000.
DDoS attacks are also favored by cybercriminals because they are extremely inexpensive and can be purchased online for as little as a dollar a minute. Unfortunately, once you’re a target, you’re likely to be attacked again – studies show that two-thirds of all DDoS targets were hit repeatedly.
Sensitive data exposure is an all too common cyberthreat that endangers businesses and their customers, as well as websites and their visitors. More frequently known as a data breach, sensitive data exposure ranks as one of the top 10 most dangerous cyberthreats by OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) because of the damage it can do to its victims. Fortunately, you can prevent this threat from affecting your website – we’ll discuss how sensitive data exposure occurs and ways to keep your visitors’ information safe.
What is the OWASP Top 10?
The OWASP Top 10 is a list of the ten most dangerous web application security flaws today. Sensitive data exposure currently ranks sixth on this list. The purpose of OWASP and the Top 10 is to drive visibility and evolution in the safety and security of software.
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Did you know a whopping 113 million websites contain a security vulnerability? That’s approximately six percent of all websites globally. A website vulnerability is a weakness in website code that cybercriminals can exploit to gain unauthorized access to a site—and a mere one vulnerability has the power to impact over 1,000 pages on a single website.
Let’s talk about one of the most common types of vulnerabilities on the OWASP Top 10: broken authentication & session management. Simply stated, broken authentication & session management allows a cybercriminal to steal a user’s login data, or forge session data, such as cookies, to gain unauthorized access to websites.
Every website owner should take responsibility for ensuring the safety of its visitors, but unfortunately, some websites just aren’t secure. An unsafe website can spread malware, steal your information, send spam, and more. To protect yourself and your personal information, it’s important to know that a website takes your safety seriously – but how can you tell? Look for these four signs that a website is safe:
1. Look for the “S” in HTTPS
If HTTPS sounds familiar, it should – many URLs begin with “https” instead of just “http” to indicate that they are encrypted.This security is provided by an SSL certificate, which protects sensitive information entered into that site as it travels from the site to a server. Without an SSL certificate, that information is exposed and easily accessible by cybercriminals. It’s important to note that HTTPS isn’t the only thing a website can – or should do – to protect its visitors, but it’s a good sign that the website owner cares about your safety. Whether you’re logging in, making a payment, or just entering your email address, check that the URL starts with “https.”
Is your website behaving strangely? Have you noticed it’s taking a long time to load, or that there are new pages, lines of code, or files on your site you didn’t create? Or perhaps you’ve seen a drastic decrease in site traffic, or you suddenly can’t log in as an admin? These are just a few visible signs that your site might be experiencing a cyberattack.
Of course, just because you’re not experiencing any of these symptoms doesn’t mean your website is secure. In fact, it’s possible for attacks and infections on your website to go undetected for years. To help ensure your site isn’t a target for cyberattacks, you need to know what you’re dealing with. In this blog, we’ll discuss what cyberattacks are, the most common types of attacks your website is likely to face, and most importantly, how you can prevent them.
The SiteLock Research team has become aware of sites infected with fake WordPress plugins that provide cybercriminals with backdoor access and allow them to inject malicious content onto web pages. Below is a high-level overview of the plugins and malware being detected by our scanners and analyzed by SiteLock Research analysts. We also cover effective tips to help protect your site.