When sites get hacked it’s a big, nasty mess.  No one is happy.  Not the website owner, the developer and least of all the client or prospect trying to access the site.

I’ve long considered these evil hacker folks to be pirates.  Sneaking in and stealing the booty of your lovely website and leaving disaster in their wake.  Why would they do such a thing?  Is making you uncomfortable really that much fun?

Read more to discover the most common reasons why people hack websites.

1. To Gain Information

They hack for information, usually financial information or login information.  The hacked website installs a malware program on your computer and sends information back to the hacker about the information they’re after.

In other instances, such as phishing, hackers may replace your “pay now” link with a link to their site.  The payment pages look the same to the viewer but when the buyer enters their payment information it’s sent to the hacker.

Someone might hack a website to steal your credit card information.

Someone might hack a website to steal your credit card information.

2. To Promote their Website

Adding links to your site is a more subtle, less destructive way of hacking.  Search engines see links back to a website from other sites of value as a positive thing.  These links may help the site they link to rank higher in the search listings.

The Anonymous group hacks websites to make statements against government, religious and corporate organizations.

The Anonymous group hacks websites to make statements against government, religious and corporate organizations.

3. To Make a Statement

Groups like “Anonymous” act as Robin Hoods of the internet, hacking into sites to make a statement about an activity they disagree with.  While others are just kids, looking for bragging rights to tell the world they’re smart.  These two examples are extremely varied in their hacking skills though both break in to make a statement whether social or personal.

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Really, hacking is not nice, regardless of the reason.  And it puts undue stress on everyone involved.  If you’re worried your site has been hacked but are unsure of the symptoms, we’ve covered 8 telltale ways to tell if your site was hacked.

If your site is a WordPress site and you’re not sure if it’s at risk, learn the warning signs that could put your site at risk of a hacker attack.

 

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