Website Hackers, what do they want with me?
I get this question more than just about anything when it comes to website hackers, “What do they want with my website? “.
Hackers could care less about your website unless of course your Government, Military, or a Major Corporation. Most small to medium-sized businesses have minimal financial risk if a hacker breaks into their website.
So, why do the hackers want in? I say that it comes down to Horsepower. Your website is hosted on a server that sits in a Data Center and provides the CPU, Storage, Operating System, and Network Access that enables your website to load when your users visit. These resources are the lifeblood of hackers. Think about it like this. They do not need a huge expensive server or internet connection to launch their attacks, nope! All they need is thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of compromised websites that when pooled together provide the Horsepower needed to launch their attack.
In the early days of the internet, hackers would simply deface your website or make it redirect someplace else. Things matured into being about spoofing attacks and mass e-mailing, and today it is about Bitcoin Mining. Who knows what it will be in the future. One thing that the past has taught us is that people with malicious intent are part of life and going nowhere, so dot your I’s and cross your T’s, or you increase the likelihood of being broken into.
Read my article “Keeping my website safe from Hackers” and learn the 10 steps to secure your website.
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