Cyber threats in the e-Commerce industry
Cyber threats in the
The cybersecurity of online stores is often not treated as a priority. However, it is an essential investment, such as locks, alarm systems, monitoring, anti-theft gates, or renting a security company in stationery stores.
The development of e-commerce makes this industry a tasty bite for hackers.
The most severe consequence this threat poses is the leakage of personal data, the protection of which is regulated by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Therefore, every data controller, or website owner, is obliged to ensure the security of their processed data. In the event of failure to comply with this obligation, the lack of appropriate technical safeguards may result in critical financial consequences.
Other threats are phishing pages, which are fake pages that pretend to be the original site. With their help, criminals obtain data shared by careless Internet users, believing they are logging into an actual real store.
Hacker attacks are also an artificial burden on network infrastructure, making it difficult or impossible for users to use the website. These are the so called DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks. They involve generating website traffic from multiple devices at the same time. In moments of crucial importance for sales (promotions, pre-holiday shopping, Black Friday), an interruption in the in the transaction system's operation may be may be associated with significant financial losses if it is detected too late.
Criminals can also infect websites by taking advantage of script vulnerabilities. They place malicious codes (malware) that can work in various ways, such as redirecting to another page or blocking the page's indexing in search engines, which will lower your position in organic search results (SEO).
All these activities are mostly aimed at breaching the business continuity, which entails financial losses or undermining the store's reputation and customer trust, which are often lost once and are very challenging to recover.
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