Most hackers aren’t idealists who hack into banks and financial institutions to change the world according to some skewed doctrine, the majority of hackers are cybercriminals who want to back websites for monetary gain. Their monetary gain.
As a business owner, your website is at risk of being hacked by hackers for one or more reasons. Make no mistake about it, just because your business isn’t a major player and you don’t turn over vast sums of money on a daily basis, that doesn’t mean that your website isn’t at risk of being hacked. Here are some of the most prominent reasons why hackers target websites just like yours.
Steal User Information
In the digital information era, information is valuable and any information can be sold for a price. Whether it’s usernames or passwords, email addresses or financial information, that information is valuable and if you store information about your customers on your website, that means it’s at risk.
While the hackers may not use the passwords and email addresses they steal to defraud your business, this important information can be used elsewhere, for example, to access their online banking accounts or purchase goods online. That means it’s essential to fix a hacked website immediately. Moreover, if it’s found that hackers stole your customers’ details and used them, you’d not only lose their confidence and most likely their business as well, as you could find yourself in court.
SEO Affiliate Commissions
This is really sneaky. What some hackers are doing is earning themselves commission by hacking into websites and adding links to other websites, boosting their SEO rankings. This isn’t so widespread, but it further shows why you need to be so careful with website security, as there are so many ways for hackers to profit from hacking your website.
This is one of the most common reasons for hacking a website. When hackers use malware to infect other people’s computers, they need a website and its servers to use as a place to store the files, as these files are dangerous and could compromise their own computer networks, plus the path could be traced back to their own servers. By hacking someone’s computer, quite often a business, they can store their infected files on their servers and not place themselves at risk.
Spam Mail Server
Google and other search engines have been cracking down on spam, but that doesn’t mean that hackers won’t use the websites of others as spam mail servers. By doing so, they place all the risk on the business whose server they’ve hacked, with the result that when the total number of spam emails sent reaches 20,000, the server is blocked.
In addition to the reasons discussed above (stealing user information, earning SEO affiliate commissions, storing infected files and using servers to send spam mail), hackers may also target your business website to use it as a botnet, to host illegal content on your website and even to charge other businesses to rent access to your server!