Bad actors have attacked websites since the beginning of the internet. They have many reasons for taking over websites — money, infamy, politics, curiosity — though nothing grabs attention more than the visual defacement of a site. Website defacement occurs when a bad actor gains access to the site files, and replaces the index or home page with their own page. We’ve seen many of these over the last year, but what are the real consequences for the sites that are defaced? We’ll discuss the effects of a defacement on a website, and the reasons why they happen. We will also outline what you should know about defacements and how to secure your site against them.
What Is A Website Defacement?