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 (a term I’m using to describe those website owners in micro- small – and medium sized business space 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.