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What is Web Attack?

By 12.10.2023No Comments

A web attack is an attempt to exploit weaknesses on the web page, or parts of it. The attacks could affect the content of a website, web application, or server. Websites offer many opportunities for attackers. They could gain unauthorised access to websites and obtain confidential information, or introduce malicious content.

Attackers typically look for weaknesses in the structure or content of websites to get access to data, take control of the website or harm users. Some common attacks are brute force attacks (XSS) and file upload attacks, and cross-site scripting. Other attacks can be carried out through social engineering, such as malware attacks or phishing, such as ransomware, trojans, worms or spyware.

Most website attacks are directed at the web application. This is the software and hardware used by a website to display information to visitors. Hackers can attack a website through flaws. They can do this by using SQL injection, cross-site request forgery, and reflection-based XSS.

SQL injection attacks exploit underlying databases that web applications utilize to store and distribute web-based content. These attacks could expose sensitive information such as passwords, account logins, and credit card numbers.

Cross-site scripting attacks rely on the flaws in a website’s code to display unauthorized images or text, take over session details and redirect users to phishing sites. Reflective XSS allows an attacker to execute unintended code.

A man-in the-middle attack occurs when an outside party intercepts the communication between you and the web server. The attacker could then modify the messages or spoof certificates, alter DNS responses and so on. This is a method to influence online activities.