SiteLock Releases Website Risk Report

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Up to 10,000 Small Business Websites Identified Daily with Serious Security Vulnerabilities

Our daily scanning for a wide variety of security vulnerabilities confirms that not only are small business websites exposed to serious risks, in many cases these vulnerabilities have already been discovered and exploited by hackers.

SiteLock LLC (http://www.sitelock.com) the global website security company, today released a report which provides clear evidence that small businesses are now squarely in the sights of hackers.

The report from SiteLock explains the reasons and methods behind attacks that take place on small business websites in search of a variety of vulnerabilities. For example, in just the month of April 2013, the company identified between 5,000 and 10,000 small business websites daily, mainly in the U.S. that had serious security vulnerabilities that could be or already had been exploited by hackers. The new report goes on to discuss how the issue of website security has the potential to become nearly epidemic, citing examples of small businesses that are affected by website attacks.

“My web site was being hit all the time, costing me up to $30,000 every time. Not to mention how many customers I lost,” said A.G., a SiteLock customer who doesn’t want to be identified for fear of retaliation. After losing more than $300,000 to web site attacks and malware that resulted in blacklisting by search engines, he turned to SiteLock for help. “I had no idea the damage malware could do to my web site. Since I started using the SiteLock website firewall, I haven’t had a single security incident.”

“Our daily scanning for a wide variety of security vulnerabilities confirms that not only are small business websites exposed to serious risks, in many cases these vulnerabilities have already been discovered and exploited by hackers,” according to Neill Feather, President of SiteLock. “Small business owners need to understand how website risks are business viability risks, and should be addressed with urgency.”

The Top 3 most common security issues discovered by SiteLock were: Malware, Cross-Site Scripting, and SQL injections. Malware that hides on websites to infect visitors is known as a drive-by download, and in January 2013 the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) identified the drive-by download as the number one cyber threat worldwide.

“A website is a valuable asset, but an unprotected website is a vulnerability that small business owners can’t afford to ignore,” said Neal O’Farrell, an expert on small business cybersecurity and an advisor to SiteLock “Not only are they exposing their livelihood and their customers to serious risk, they also create a national security risk by providing a platform for malware to spread to other computers and users and even potentially attack the nation’s infrastructure.”

The SiteLock report comes on the heels of other studies which found that nearly a third of all cyber-attacks in 2012 were targeted at small businesses, nearly double the previous year and a very worrying trend. This report also offers several tips to help small business owners protect their websites. The complete report is available on the SiteLock website.

About SiteLock

SiteLock is a global website security technology and services leader, protecting more than 700,000 online businesses. SiteLock finds, fixes and helps prevent and remove malware and other threats from affecting websites and their visitors. As a member of a number of cybercrime awareness and prevention associations, including the Anti-phishing Working Group (APWG), the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) and StopBadware.org, SiteLock continually strives to educate the small business market about the risks to their websites and help prevent them.

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