Pwned websites are websites which have been compromised by hackers to use for their own purposes. They can be used to send out spam or to host malicious code.
The danger is that the user visits the website and their computer becomes infected without them knowing what has happened – they might not even realize that anything untoward has occurred until their computer has been badly damaged.
How it works
In some cases, this sort of attack might originate from an SQL injection vulnerability since the aim is not only to get onto a server but also to extract data without setting off any alarms. In other cases, cross-site scripting might allow the criminals to gain access directly from one server to another.
How to protect your business
One of the best ways for companies to avoid falling victim is through penetration testing by professional IT teams, which can identify any vulnerabilities before they’re exploited by cybercriminals.
Frequently asked questions about pwned websites
How can I check if my website has been pwned?
There are several services online that can help you to check the security of your site. Many of these use a database and regularly check websites and their server types against their list of hacked ones.
What happens if hackers manage to pwn my website?
Once they’ve breached the security, cybercriminals will usually use it as a gateway onto your internal system where they can launch attacks on other third-party sites. This might be done through spamming campaigns, which are designed to get users to click on links that lead them to malware or ransomware infections.
How often should pwned website tests be done?
This depends on the size of your company and how many times a year you update any software or install new features, but it might need to be repeated once a month or more.
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