Whether they belong to a small club or a large corporation, all third-party websites are of interest to Internet criminals because they can be used to spread malware.
- Websites appear less suspicious than e-mails containing links or attachments.
- The malware spreads quickly as users’ systems are infected as soon as they call up a website – without them having to click on a link or open an attachment.
- This method is cheap and more effective than e-mail.
- Infected websites cause damage on two fronts at once: for website visitors and operators.
Damage suffered by website visitors
If your website is infected with drive-by code, people who visit it will then have malware on their computer or mobile device. This can
- delete or encrypt data;
- enable hackers to access passwords, online accounts or saved files;
- attack connected security systems such as surveillance cameras or access controls;
- misuse infected computers as remote-controlled botnet nodes.
Damage suffered by you as the website operator
If visitors to your website suffer damage, this can harm your reputation. After all, it was your website that was responsible for putting malware on their computers and mobile devices. On top of this, being a website operator also means that you are responsible for cleaning malware from your site, which takes time and costs money. If you fail to clean up your site, you can expect your domain to be blocked. SWITCH has put together five tips to help website operators in making their sites safer.