Why Would Hackers Target My Site?

When a major financial institution or retailer is hacked, it makes headlines. That coverage encourages the misconception that attackers are only after banks, large companies, or critical infrastructure. However, a more accurate view of the risks facing small business websites comes from industry reports. Case in point: a Verizon 2013 Security Report found that 71% of data breaches affected companies of 100 employees or fewer.

Hackers strike for many reasons, and they have a lot to gain from a successful attack on sites of all sizes. Any site, no matter how small, can help them in their efforts to steal information, infect PCs and conduct other malicious activities. The infographic below illustrates what hackers have to gain from attacking your website.

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