Almost any Internet resource can suffer from hackers. The purpose of their actions can be theft of data, placing hidden links on the site or gaining full access to the server. That is why you need to know the main onset mechanisms.
It is important to take measures to prevent and stop attacks. Among them is the use of the Web Application Firewall, the installation of the WP antispam plugin and the protection against bots. You have to understand that ensuring the website security is the same workflow as promoting a site in search engines.
Automatic Site Hacking Method
The principle of this technique is very simple:
- Intruders find vulnerabilities in the CMS or some of the modules of your system.
- They write a special script that visits the sites.
- The script checks for vulnerabilities on different resources.
- Attackers receive a report that a particular page has a certain vulnerability.
- Malefactors run another script that injects malicious code into the files of the resource, or the particular hacker visits the site and installs the code manually.
It is possible to go through millions of sites, collecting a huge database of addresses, and then to put this database up for sale or use it for its own purposes.
Manual Site Hacking
This type of breaking pages is very expensive because only highly skilled hackers can find vulnerabilities in the code. Your resource has to be very interesting for someone to take such actions. Sometimes, your competitors can order the attack on your site to undermine the credibility of your service. Hacks of this kind are quite rare but if you have a frequently visited page in a competitive niche, then you should not assume that this will not affect you.
Many hosting companies use outdated software on their servers. This is usually done to save funds. As a rule, old software is not updated for a long time and is not supported by the developer, which gives intruders a huge field for activity. Assault of the server with a dozen sites on it is much more interesting than hacking one site separately. Accordingly, when a hacker gains access to the server on which your resource is located, you will not be able to avoid troubles.
There is also a slightly different scenario. For example, someone ordered breaking the page of one of your hosting neighbors. As soon as the site is hacked, the attacker will try to access the entire server, and if your resource is on the same server as the victim, then most likely the access to it will also be used for any purpose.
As a rule, 90% of hacks occur in automatic mode, and only ten percent is done manually. Both methods have their own characteristics and countermeasures. If you understand that you are suffering from malefactors, the first thing you should do is to find the right way of fighting with them. Then, making an attack on your site will be impossible in the future.