Cybercrime is robust and all encompassing. There are different forms, tactics, and strategies adopted by cyber people to carry out nefarious activities on the web.
Cybercrime is not all about hacking, phishing, email spoofing or ransomware, etc. There is a compendium of crimes going on in the cyberspace.
One of those crimes is called “Web Jacking,” just as the name implies. Your website or the web is hijacked.
Web jacking is not rampant compared to other forms of cybercrime such as phishing or hacking. However, considering the proliferation of websites today, it is a cybercrime that everybody should be wary of.
What is Web Jacking
Web jacking is simply when someone clones your website, and tricks you to believe the cloned site is yours. The malicious link is placed somewhere on your webpage waiting for a click.
Immediately, you click on it; a malicious web server replaces it. And that means you have lost complete access to your website.
This is quite different from the usual phishing methods.
Usually, if someone is trying to hijack your website, when you click on the link on your web page, the name on the address bar subtly changes from your original website. For instance, if your original is www.CFAtech.ng, you might see something like this www.cfateck.ng or something very similar. This strategy probably makes you believe think, you are on your original website.
This kind of cyber attacks should trigger out security consciousness by paying attention to every detail. If you are able to spot this, it becomes very easy to avert the situation.
What Happens Next?
Certainly, you have no access to the website again. The brain that is behind the jacking takes control and may decide to demand a ransom.
If the hacker doesn’t demand a ransom, the hacker might choose to post contents that are damaging for selfish interests.
There are reported caseswhere hackers demanded payment and even published materials full of obscenity.
Further, even if the hacker decides not to demand a ransom or post obscene contents. The hacker might choose to steal the website credentials such as password, usernames, email addresses, account numbers, etc.
How do I Prevent Web Jacking?
Preventing web jacking might be quite cumbersome, because the internet serve sees a click as an authorized one, making it difficult to distinguish between authorized and authorized.
This type of cybercrime is different from other vulnerabilities such as SQL, CSRF, XSS, injection. Web jacking is usually dependent on functionality that is widely used on the internet.
Adobe recommends customers Flash Version 10.0.12.36. You can upgrade to the latest version of Adobe Flash.
Web jacking has been resolved in the past by some software update. Update your browsers and add-ons.
It’s advisable to install Noscript addon if you’re using Firefox. They provide protection against frame based attack, by preventing scripts from loading.
“It is a technical approach that requires the Web developer to send an HTTP response header, named X-FRAME- OPTIONS, with HTML pages to restrict how the page can be framed.” says Linda Richard, at Brighthub, in a blog post.
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