Once more unto the breach

According to the latest government statistics, 43% of UK businesses have experienced a cyber breach or attack in the last year alone! This has amounted to over £1 billion stolen through credit card fraud alone. Worse still, many of these breaches could have been avoided with better website security.

Often, when we think of hackers and data thieves, we think of dramatic tales of legendary hacker such as Kevin Mitnick who was convicted of high-profile computer security breaches in the 1990s, or the 15-year old Jonathan James who was convicted of cybercrimes, including the theft of data from NASA. Whilst these cases highlight thefts that are of international importance, they may give you some idea of what a more discreet hacker could accomplish by hacking your website.

What do hackers get out of hacking?

Many people often assume that hacking a website is simply about stealing financial data, but there are many ways and reasons a hacker will access a website. For example, they could:

In some cases, hackers attack websites for fun, such as using automated tools to exploit site vulnerabilities simply because they exist.

What are the consequences of a breach?

When your site is hacked, the consequences may include:

Unfortunately, hackers are smart. They use sophisticated technology, staying ahead of the police (evading prosecution) and making it much harder to detect a breach or fraudulent activity.

In the next blog of this three-part data breach series, we will be looking at how website security is part of delivering good customer service and why communication following a breach is so important.

If you require any more information, or would like to enquire about website security or Zenplan website maintenance plans, feel free to send me an email at ideas@steveperrycreative.com, call on +44 1782 954282, or follow me on Twitter @stevemarkperry for bite-sized updates.