You would never leave the front door to your house wide open when you’re not home, would you? Doing so would allow criminals to seize the opportunity of stealing your valuables. That’s the same way you can look at website hacking. Leaving your website unprotected is like establishing an open-door policy with hackers, giving them access to view sensitive information and modify your website content.
Hackers view your site as a possible tool for their end purpose. Their motives can be summed up in two words – money and exposure. If you run an e-commerce site, attackers obviously look for bank data, credit card and personal information. Some attackers may redirect users visiting your site in order to generate traffic and ranking for others.
Contrary to what many believe, it’s not about the size of your website, your traffic, or even what you are promoting – it’s about abusing your website and server resources.