More businesses are looking to take their business online, after all, it can be accessed by almost everyone with an internet connection. However, as more websites are going live, there is becoming an increase in individuals, also known as hackers, who are looking to infiltrate these websites to steal its data and much more. Fortunately, thanks to the team at Catalyst2, you can stay one step ahead by knowing the top website hacking techniques.

       1. Denial of service

Also known as a distributed denial of service, or DDOS for short, denial of service attacks are technically not classed as a hack, as it’s not designed nor can’t obtain any data through the attack. Whereas, the primary aim of DDOS is to send a wealth of traffic towards the website, making it unable to process all of the requests in real-time and ultimately causes the website to crash.

       2. Phishing

Phishing is very different to who it targets, as it doesn’t target a device, rather it targets the person behind the device, such as a customer on a website. A simple way to describe phishing is when a hacker creates a replica of a particular website and then proceeds to distribute a similar link to divert them to this website. The most notable purpose for doing this is to obtain personal details such as credit card info, though every hacker may have its own motive.

       3. Cookie Theft

Cookies are one of the fundamental aspects of the internet, as it stores and transfers data between the web server and host to create the most personalised experience. However, due to this, it’s also prone to hacking, which is known as cookie theft. The most known approach to perform this is through the user’s IP address, though another popular method is when the user is not using SSL for the entirety of the session, creating an opportunity for the hacker to infiltrate.

       4. SQL injection

SQL injections are primarily used to attack unsecured websites to obtain information and data from the website, rather than any visitors. The standard approach is to identify the unsecured systems that use SQL programming language, where the hacker can easily access the code so that they can then insert their own code into text fields. This can then be used to extract information as of when the site is used, or left as an opening for further attacks in the future.

       5. Malware

Malware is one of the most popular techniques that hackers use on clients, primarily because it can be so effective. This is primarily because it can be used for several purposes, including taking control of your computer, monitoring your activities and sending out personal data to the hacker’s location. Malware can also take many forms making it very hidden if you aren’t careful, with several cases being through an installation or download of an application or file that contains the malware.

Other popular website hacking techniques

  • Keylogging
  • WAP Attacks
  • Bait and switch
  • UI Redress
  • Eavesdropping

How we can be of assistance

If you are concerned about your website security, we wouldn’t recommend leaving the issue any later, get in touch with the experts today, Catalyst2. As an award-winning UK managed hosting provider, we are renowned for our world-class hosting and server services, as well as our highly-reputable security solutions. If you are keen on arranging a meeting to find out how we can help your website, simply call us today on 0800 107 7979 or drop an email to