Hackers were earlier considered to be genius as they helped in the development of computers and internet technology. This assumption has now changed as the modern world of hackers now focus on personal benefits and hence hackers these days are described as those people who are often attracted to things they can do and gain via illegal entry into people’s privacy and using all the stolen data for their own benefits.

Hackers breakthrough network security for a number of reasons. Some of these reasons are just for the challenge, while other reasons could be for obtaining information, fame and improving their personal programming skills. No matter what the reason, website hacking is known to cause damage to an individual’s business or even the websites of businesses, both big and small, thus resulting in major financial loss.

Have I Been hacked

You are hacked if you experience the following signs:

  • Online identity theft is common. If you use credit cards online and suspect that someone has used one of your credit accounts, then that is an indication you have been hacked.
  • You receive odd email messages and your friends keep telling you that they have received strange emails from you, or you notice messages in your Sent folder you have not written – these are clear signs a hack has likely happened.
  • If a password of a particular website suddenly stops working, that could be an indication that a hacker has broken into your site and changed your account's login details
  • You start losing control when a computer virus redirects your browser activity and prevents you from reaching websites you want. That is certainly the work of a hacker who came and went.

Most web applications are hosted on public servers accessible through the Internet. This indeed makes them vulnerable to attacks because of easy accessibility. The following are some common web application threats:

  • Form Tampering: This threat modifies form data such as prices in e-commerce applications so that the hacker can get items at reduced prices.
  • Code Injection: This threat injects code such as Python, PHP, etc. that can be executed on the server. The code can reveal sensitive information, install backdoors, etc.
  • Defacement: This threat alters the page been displayed on a website and redirects all page requests to a single page containing the attacker’s message.
  • SQL Injection: This threat aims at bypassing login algorithms, sabotaging the data, etc.
  • Denial of Service Attacks: This threat denies legitimate users access to the resource.
  • Cross Site Scripting XSS: This threat injects code that can be executed on the client-side browser.
  • Cookie/Session Poisoning: This threat alters cookies/session data by an attacker to gain unauthorized access.

How to protect your website against hacks?

With hacking attacks becoming more and more sophisticated these days, website owners are indeed facing great challenges in trying to protect their websites against different hacking attacks and several other threats. To help you fight against these threats and have a secured online experience, Comodo has developed cWatch – a web security tool that provides customers with the most enhanced managed security service for monitoring and threat management. With Comodo cWatch you can get all the security needed for your website, preventing you from being hacked in the future. The cWatch web security tool is available with the following features:

  • Malware Monitoring and Remediation
    Detects malware, provides the methods and tools to remove it, and prevents future malware attacks

  • Secure Content Delivery Network (CDN)
    A global system of distributed servers to enhance the performance of websites and web applications
  • Web Application Firewall (WAF)
    Powerful, real-time edge protection for websites and web applications providing advanced security, filtering, and intrusion protection
  • Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
    Enhanced intelligence capable of leveraging current events and data from 85M+ endpoints and 100M+ domains
  • PCI Scanning
    Enables service providers and merchants to stay in compliance with PCI DSS
  • Cyber Security Operations Center (CSOC)
    A team of always-on certified cybersecurity professionals providing round-the-clock surveillance and remediation services