I spend a good amount of time engaging with website owners across a broad spectrum of businesses. Interestingly enough, unless I’m talking large enterprise, there is a common question that often comes up:
Why would anyone ever hack my website?
Depending on who you are, the answer to this can vary. Nonetheless, it often revolves around a few very finite explanations.
Automation is Key
Understand that the attacks affecting a large number of website owners in the prosumer category (a term I’m using to describe website owners in micro, small, and medium-sized businesses leveraging platforms like WordPress, Joomla and others) are predominantly automated. I wrote an article on the subject back in 2012, it’s important to revisit the subject as it’s still very relevant today.
The benefits of these automated attacks have not changed, they still provide the attackers the following benefits: