Over 30,000 Websites Hacked A Day

South African Websites are just as vulnerable as any other, as the #OpAfrica Anonymous campaign has shown us. Did you know that over 30,000 websites are hacked every single day? With that kind of number, it helps you realise that your website security is going to be put to the test, the question is- how well will it fair?

This then beg’s the question, are you unwittingly helping the cyber criminals distribute malicious code to your customers? In the 90s cyber criminals distributed malicious code via e-mail. Today the cyber criminals mostly use websites to distribute their bad code. On average 30,000 new websites are identified every day distributing malicious code to any users passing by. Many hold on to the idea that viruses are distributed from adult sites, gambling and other “black sites” but in reality most of these 30,000 sites are legitimate small businesses that are unwittingly distributing malicious code for the cyber criminals. You might be one of them. Another widely held web threat misconception is that cyber criminals only go after large enterprises or government organisations. I wish I had a dollar for every time someone said “but we are a small business, cyber criminals aren’t likely to target us” followed shortly by them getting hit by something that destroys their online footprint. Cyber criminals have automated scanning tools running through the web looking for websites to infect and deploy their malicious code. Their target could be a blog, a small business website or a large news site. Wherever there is a vulnerability they will happily capitalise on it to spread their wares. South African websites are no exception. Thousands of South African websites are shut down every single month, the owners of which suffer damaged reputations and the cost of cleaning their infected websites or building their .co.za sites again from scratch.

There are lots of different ways to host your website, ranging from hosting it yourself to using a managed third party provider that looks after security for you. The former while cheaper in the short term can lead to large rebuild costs, the latter while slightly more expensive, over the long term can save thousands of Rands in cleaning infected site costs or website rebuilds.

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