hacked : Java Glossary


There are a number of things your enemies may do to silence your website:
  1. Redirect DNS (Domain Name Service) to some other site.
  2. Break into your server and redirect requests to some other website.
  3. Break into your server and steal passwords.
  4. Break into your server and change the content you display or the backing databases.
  5. Break into your desktop and modify your mirror of the website so that it will be corrupted the next time you upload it.
  6. Mount a DOS (Denial of Service attack) attack. The pirates commandeer an army of desktops on the web and direct them to flood your site with requests leaving it with no bandwidth to handle legitimate requests. This blunt force attack is very hard to defend against other that by having overwhelming resources to handle the entire load without strain. Server farms, clouds and fibre optic links all help defend against such attacks.

It is pretty easy to track down the culprit if they use either of the first two methods. Their ISP (Internet Service Provider) will likely be in a foreign country that will be uncooperative.

The usual motives for hacking your site are religious or nationalistic. It can be dangerous to criticise a religion, nation or a nation’s activities in a war. Defending sexual minorities used to be dangerous, but not so much any more.

The attempt to silence a man is the greatest honour you can bestow on him. It means that you recognise his superiority to yourself.
~ Joseph Sobran (1946-02-23 age:72)

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