(The Hosting News) – A recently released report from two companies is providing some unique insight from website owners who have faced the wrath of Internet hackers in the past.
In the report titled “Compromised Websites: An Owner’s Perspective,” security solution providers StopBadware and Commontouch teamed up to survey more than six hundred website operators on their experiences dealing with security breaches.
Discussing the matter, the companies stated, “Compromised (stolen or hacked) websites continue to be an attractive target for cybercriminals who benefit primarily from the misuse of reputable domains. Cybercriminals are also able to make use of resources like processing power, bandwidth, and the hosting available via compromised web servers.”
Although emphasizing that it wasn’t scientific, StopBadware and Commontouch said the study was conducted “to better understand the compromise process, illicit usage, and recovery of hacked websites…”
Among the issues taken into account during the surveying process were which software the website operator used to maintain their sites, the type of attack they faced, the purpose that the compromised site was used for, how the website operators were made aware of the breach and how they went about correcting it.
Most website operators breached used blogging platform WordPress (28%) while others used applications such as Joomla (9%). A high majority (63%) were unaware of how their sites had been compromised while 20% laid the blame on “Inesure/out of date software.” Meanwhile, the illicit reasons the hackers compromised the sites included using them for malware (25%), and redirects (18%). However, most (36%) website operators were unsure of the hackers’ purpose for the breach. 49% were made aware of their respective attacks due to browser warnings.
As it relates to web hosting companies, majority of respondents’ (55%) views remained unchanged regarding their hosting provider with 28% saying they’d consider moving to another web host. 12% actually became more appreciative of their hosting providers following the breach. What appears even more interesting is the role that the hosting providers played in assisting hacking victims with the breaches. 46% of respondents said they never bothered telling the web host while 34% said they were provided with free help. 46% also succeeded in correcting the problems on their own.
The release of the study follows an announcement earlier this month in which StopBadware revealed that it had added Arbor Networks and StopTheHacker for the purpose of finding security solutions.
Since the Internet’s inception, website breaches have become increasingly problematic. Earlier this month, hackers succeeded in breaching a website maintained by global electronic manufacturer Foxconn. However, breaches of smaller websites appear all too common as well. For more information regarding the study, go here (blog.stopbadware.org).