Hacking remains a serious problem for website owners and web hosting providers in Houston and around the world. Hackers attack over 10 million websites in an average year. Their targets range from small businesses, to huge software companies and social media networks.
- Denial of service attacks simulate unexpected surges of website traffic. This overwhelms Web hosting servers and temporarily renders websites inaccessible to normal users. Downtime might be extended if this technique causes a site to exceed its monthly bandwidth quota.
- Shared hosting servers may be compromised more easily if any of the users have weak passwords, like “123456” or “password.” Hackers can access these accounts with little difficulty and deface the associated websites. This increases the likelihood they will successfully invade other accounts on the same server.
- A more complex strategy seemingly replaces a website’s content without actually hacking into its equipment or hosting account. Hackers sometimes target domain name servers in a way that causes them to send Internet users to malicious IP addresses when they try to visit reputable websites.
- Control panels and interactive Web scripts often contain one or more security vulnerabilities. Internet criminals regularly take advantage of flaws in plugins, content management systems, and blogging platforms. This allows them to disrupt normal services or distribute malicious code.
- Defects in computer database systems may facilitate injection attacks. Hackers accomplish this by changing variables and/or values in browser URLs to trigger unauthorized database commands. Such injections may give them the ability to view or modify sensitive data.
This is only a small selection of website hacking methods. Attackers may use sophisticated software or simply trick administrators into revealing their control panel passcodes. Webmasters can prevent many of these intrusions by regularly updating software, using hard-to-guess passwords and removing unnecessary interactive features.