What is Web Attack?

There are several ways attackers are able to target Web applications (websites that allow you to interact directly with software using the browser), to steal confidential data or introduce malicious code or even hijack your computer. These attacks exploit vulnerabilities in components like web apps, content management systems and web servers.

Web app attacks comprise an enormous portion of security threats. Over the last 10 years attackers have honed their capabilities in identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities which impact application perimeter defences. Attackers are able to circumvent the most common defenses using techniques like phishing engineering and botnets.

A phishing attack is a method of tricking victims into clicking on an email link containing malware. The malware is then downloaded to the victim’s computer, and gives attackers access to the system or devices. Botnets are a collection of infected and compromised connected devices, which attackers utilize to launch DDoS attacks or spread malware, to continue fraud in advertising, and much more.

Directory (or path) traversal attacks rely on movements patterns to gain access to data on the website, its configuration files as well as databases. Input sanitization is required to protect against this type attack.

SQL injection attacks attempt to target the database storing important information about a service or website by injecting malicious codes that allow it to override and reveal information it would not normally divulge. Attackers can then execute commands that dump databases, as well as other.

Cross-site scripting attacks (or XSS), insert malicious code on a trusted website to take over the browsers of users. This allows attackers to steal session online data room for business cookies and confidential information, impersonate a user to alter content, and more.