What Happens When Your Website is Hacked?

One of the basic fears of a website owner is being the victim of a vicious hack attack. However, some site owners are confident that their system will not be broken into because there is nothing in the site that could be of interest to the hacker. Nothing can be farther from the truth. The internet is rife with countless possibilities. Your website can be a launching point for other attacks. Hackers could use your system as a staging-off point to carry out attacks to other computers. This may sound farfetched but this is a regular occurrence on the net. Many Denial of Service (DoS) attacks are executed in this manner.

How safe is your data?

Hackers don’t leave traces of their attack on the outside. Your site may appear working normally on the surface but underneath, your system data might have been trashed, altered, copied or, at worse, deleted. Valuable data can be up for grab to the highest bidder.

Not only can your data be sold online; enterprising hackers can also sell your security leaks to other hackers, spies and cyberterrorists. Regarding the rise of cybercriminals, James Adams, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of iDefense said, “So it’s basically the same old risks–thieves and rapists and pillagers in a different environment. . .”

Damages from a hack attack

A lot of damages, some irreparable, are brought about by cybercrime. It can damage your most sensitive data or even erase them. Once they hack your website, hackers can steal your credit card information and passwords. They can also access and take hold of valuable data like bank accounts, confidential files and personal records. Some cybercriminals can also hack into public utilities, like the time when hackers took control of a nationwide telephone service just to ensure they win the top prize on a phone-based game show.

Website hacking can even cause some businesses to fail. It caused some government sites to lock down temporarily or for good, giving both users and employees Denial of Service or DoS errors whenever the site is accessed. Hacked credit card and social security numbers may result in expensive legal proceedings which could lead to the company’s bankruptcy.

The Cost of Being Hacked

The disastrous outcome of website hacking to any establishment is extensive with negative financial repercussions that may lead to closure. Once their websites are hacked, companies lose their trustworthiness and clients bring their business somewhere else.

Some companies lose tens of thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars when their system is attacked. The real cost of damage in a company lies in the loss of business opportunity. If a large company is earning $500,000 an hour in revenue, they stand to lose the same amount for every hour they are paralyzed by a Denial of Service attack. “If you’re Cisco and you’re making $7 million a day online, and you’re down for a day, you’ve lost $7 million. That’s where you start. . . “, said Richard Power, Editorial Director of the Computer Security Institute (CSI) in San Francisco, California.

Sadly, there is still no miracle software to keep hackers out. It will not matter how much time, money or energy you invest in fortifying your computer and website. No matter what you do, someone in the cyberworld will find a way to hack it.

The best you can do is use a service like Hackersmart – www.hackersmart.com which will scan your site daily for malware, and email you when something is found.
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