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Website Attack Attempts Rose by 69% in 2018

New research by Sitelock indicates that attempts to attack websites are on the rise. In 2018, the average website faced 62 attack threats on a daily basis. The most common attacks involved the use of backdoors, shells, and JavaScript files (cross-site scripting or XSS). XSS attacks target visitors, since they take advantage of flaws in the design of websites in order to redirect visitors to malicious websites.

The report also found that the three most popular CMS platforms, i.e. Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress, are making websites vulnerable to attacks. Malware infections are 1.6 to 2.2 times more likely for websites built with one of these platforms. This is mostly due to vulnerabilities in plug-ins rather than in the CMS.

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