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5 OF THE MOST COMMON WEBSITE HACKING TECHNIQUES

The contemporary digital marketing strategy is simply incomplete without a dedicated website that acts as the ultimate information delivery and communication channel between you and your potential customers. But while the modern tech driven approach has brought about a world of advantages, it also puts your data at risk of being corrupted or stolen by hackers. There are a number of techniques and methods that hackers use to penetrate your defenses, exploit vulnerabilities, and take control over your website. Here are 5 of the most common website hacking techniques:

DoS or DDoS Attacks

Distributed Denial of Service attacks try to make the servers for your website unavailable or make them crash by overwhelming them with a high flow of traffic. Hackers usually use a number of bots and automated tools to send hundreds of requests that the server is unable to handle, leading to its crash in very quick time and compromising the integrity and performance of your website.

SQL Injections

Arguably the most commonly employed website hacking technique, SQL Injections give the hacker access to restricted portions of your website. Structured Query Language is typically used by many websites to interact with their database records and perform functions such as updating, creation, and retrieval. This means that SQL is involved in almost every data logging action you take on your website. All a hacker has to do is type in SQL into any web form and submit it to make the website run it and accept it into the database.

DNS Spoofing

Also referred to as DNS Cache Poisoning, this technique employs the use of old cache data which is corrupted and injected into a DNS resolver’s cache. The goal of DNS Spoofing is to move the traffic coming to a given website over to another, malicious website. These websites are usually laced with viruses and malware, and can either cause harm to the users’ computer systems or steal their information.

Cross Site Scripting

Cross Site Scripting or XSS is a vulnerability that is exploited using JavaScript code that is malicious in nature and is designed to harm your system. These scripts are embedded into hyperlinks and sent to you in contexts that encourage you to click on them. If the hacker is successful to get you to click on the link, they can use this channel to gain access to your account controls and personal information as well as the ability to change advertisements on your page.

Social Engineering

Another one of the commonly employed hacking techniques is social engineering methods. This includes phishing and baiting techniques that use social context to encourage you to submit your personal information under false pretenses. Hackers will send you emails pretending to be legitimate sources and ask you to divulge login information to your website or they may extract sensitive information from one of your employees by pretending to be a company representative in a higher position.