What is Web Attack?

There are a variety of ways that attackers are able to target web applications (websites that let you interact with software using a browser) to steal confidential data, introduce malicious code, and even take over your PC or device. These attacks exploit weaknesses in components like web apps or content management systems. They also attack web servers.

Web app attacks account for a large portion of all security threats. In the last decade attackers have refined their skills in identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities that can affect the perimeter defenses of an application. Attackers have been able to bypass the most common defenses using techniques like phishing, social engineering and botnets.

Phishing attacks fool victims into clicking an email link containing malware. The malware downloads onto their computer, allowing attackers to gain access to devices or systems to use for other reasons. Botnets are collections of infected and compromised connected devices, which attackers utilize to launch DDoS attacks or spread malware, to continue fraud on ads, and so on.

Directory (or path) traversal attacks use movements patterns to gain access to the data on websites, their configuration files as well as databases. In order to protect against this kind of attack requires the proper sanitization of inputs.

SQL injection attacks are designed to attack the database that stores crucial information about websites and services by injecting malicious code that permit it to reveal details that it would never normally disclose. Attackers can then run commands that dump databases, as well as other.

Cross-site scripting (or XSS) attacks insert malicious code into a trusted site to take over users’ browsers. This enables attackers to take session cookies as well as confidential information to impersonate users, alter content, and much more.


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