Ransomware Attacks and How They Affect Your Website

Ransomware Attacks and How They Affect Your Website Ransomware is an especially nasty attack that holds your data hostage until you pay the attacker a fee. This fee can be anywhere from $50 to several thousands of dollars. If you don’t pay, usually the attacker continues to increase the fee until you are forced to wipe your server’s hard drive and start over. Unless you have a backup, ransomware is an incredibly expensive malware to have on your server — both in terms of recovery time and lost data. One of the biggest mistakes webmasters make is thinking that it […]

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Six Ways A Website Can Be Hacked

In today’s world, one must think twice before claiming that (s)he is safe from hackers. Be it ordinary individuals, small companies, large technology corporations or even governments with vast resources, it seems everybody falls victim to a hacking incident these days. We collected the top 6 risk factors affecting most websites. The list aims to give you a quick 360 panorama on the security risks of websites. 1. Web Application Vulnerabilities – it (usually) begins with an encoded escape character… A significant portion of vulnerabilities emerge due to lack of sufficient input validation controls, where user supplied input “somehow” makes […]

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Best Practices to address the issue of Web Defacement

Web defacement is one of the biggest security challenges to any organization that is running online. Web defacement is typically done by hackers who break into a web server and replace the hosted website with one of their own, using techniques such as phishing, code injection, cross site scripting etc. Common targets of defacement are religious websites, govern­ment websites, bank websites and corporate websites. There are no software or hardware solutions that guaranties 100% safety against web defacement, but there are best practices that can prevent or mitigate the problem of web defacement. Here are some best practices that address […]

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Web Security And Defacement Statistics

Did you know there has been at least 50 thousand successful website defacement attacks each month for the past year, or that 55% of successful attacks are actually re-defacements? Web defacement attacks have been rising over the years, with 2015 recording almost a million of such attacks. This one infographic details all the facts you need to know about website defacement: Will your website be one of the next 50 thousand victims next month? Check out this article  to find out more about the business implications of web defacement. Here at Banff Cyber, we offer an effective and proactive approach […]

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Business Implications of Web Defacement

Web defacement is often considered a minor form of cyber attack, very much like a petty crime. However, what is the full extent of the impact that it can have on your business? In this article, we take a closer look at some business implications of web defacement, some of which are actually much more significant than what you might think! This article aims to help you consider a more appropriate risk mitigation or incident response initiative to defacement attacks. What is web defacement? Web defacement is a form of online digital vandalism. Typically, a defaced website would have undergone […]

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The Comprehensive Approach To Securing Websites

No website is an impenetrable fortress. Ad-hoc security measures are not good enough. The integrity and security of official websites are very important because they represent the reputation and trustworthiness of organizations. Incidences of website-attacks may shake the confidence of investors and customers towards that organization. Thus, protecting and preserving corporate websites should be a priority for all organizations. According to Zone-H, an archive of defaced websites, there are 60,000 to 120,000 of website defacement incidents every month on a global scale. Many organizations may not be aware that their websites are vulnerable to malicious threats and hacks, thus making […]

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