Cybercriminals are stealthy in their attacks — especially when financial gains are involved. With this type of attack, hitting the jackpot requires time and patience. Regardless, cybercriminals also employ “noisy” attacks, or ones intended for victims and other website visitors to see. These typically promote very radical or personal views on various subjects. Some common attacks, however, can be either noisy or stealthy, and this includes URL redirection attacks.
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Have you ever visited a website — only to be greeted by an alarming red screen that reads: “The site ahead contains malware”? That’s quite the deterrent, and chances are, you left the page in a hurry. That’s what happens when Google and other search engines blacklist a website.
Blacklisting websites is how search engines protect browsers from malicious content. Google and other search engines send bots to scan websites and flag anything suspicious. If your website is deemed a threat, then it’s removed from the search engine’s results page. And for small businesses that rely on their websites to capture and convert leads, this can have serious consequences.
What It Means to Be Blacklisted
What is malware? It’s a rather simple question, but to answer it, we have to go back in time.
The first real instance of malware occurred in the early 1970s — when BBN Technologies engineer Bob Thomas wrote the code behind the so-called “Creeper worm.” The worm was the first self-replicating computer program, and it quickly spread through the ARPANET, annoying users with the pop-up message: “I’m the creeper: Catch me if you can.” Over time, engineers took the Creeper worm’s principles further, leading to the creation of the first viruses.
A decade after the Creeper worm, computer scientist Fred Cohen defined a virus as “a program that can infect other programs by modifying them to include a, possibly evolved, version of itself.” The definition remains accurate today, but now, it applies to an array of programs that have been created for nefarious purposes.
Did you know websites experience almost 62 attacks per day? Small businesses are often at the greatest risk. Without an allocated budget for protection and recovery, 60% of small to midsize businesses end up closing their doors within six months of a cyberattack. Small business owners shouldn’t assume that it won’t happen to them.
Be aware of the potential consequences of malware for your business and know how to adequately address them if you find yourself dealing with a malware attack.
What Problems Can Malware Cause?
The average website is attacked over 55 times every day — and almost half of all sites on the web have high security vulnerabilities. With this, it’s no surprise that website malware is becoming more and more common.
Because the signs of an attack aren’t always clear, many victims don’t even know they’ve been targeted. It’s crucial to know the signs and to stop malware in its tracks as early as you can. In this post, we’ll share insight on how to detect malware on your website and what steps to take after confirming an attack.
The extent of the damage a malware attack can have on your website typically depends on a number of variables, not the least of which is your response time. The longer it takes to detect and remove malware, the more expensive the recovery process becomes. Unfortunately, many types of malware are deliberately designed to keep themselves concealed for as long as possible. Eventually, however, the symptoms of a malware-infected website can become hard to miss.
Modern malicious software — or malware for short — has reached unprecedented levels of sophistication, and as the attack landscape continues to evolve, new threats will undoubtedly emerge. Malware affecting websites poses a special danger to businesses. Even some of the world’s largest corporations have fallen victim to attacks.
Malware has infected roughly a third of the world’s computers, costing companies across the globe trillions of dollars each year. Yet in a recent report by Nationwide, only 13% of small business owners said they’d been targeted by a cyberattack, but when they saw specific examples of cybercrime — from phishing to ransomware — that number shot up to 58%. Malicious code isn’t confined to operating systems, either. Millions of websites across the internet also contain vulnerabilities that make them easy targets.
Code is what allows website owners to customize their websites and make it unique. However, sometimes malware can sneak into that code, resulting in a potentially harmful impact to unsuspecting users. Using today’s techniques, how would you distinguish which code is good and which code is bad? And what will that identification look like in the future? In this article, we will discuss current malware detection methods and the future of malware identification. Plus, provide insight into the role machine learning can play moving forward.
Ransomware is an attack that can trick you into unnecessarily paying money to cybercriminals while causing you to lose your computer files forever. For businesses, these attacks can also result in a data breach and exposure of sensitive information. Mitigating ransomware is all about preparation and prevention, so we’ll walk you through why this attack occurs, and how you can defend against it.
What is ransomware?
Ransomware happens so frequently that it has a definition in the Oxford English Dictionary: “A type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.” Payment is often requested in bitcoin, the popular cryptocurrency, or in gift cards that can easily be sent to a “burner” email address. Unfortunately, if you’re hit by one ransomware attack, you’re likely to be hit again – a survey by Sophos found that not only did 54 percent of respondents experience ransomware, they were likely to experience two attacks or more.