There’s this popular fallacy that attackers on the internet always target particular sites. They don’t. Yes, some do, but most attacks are made by bots, which don’t know a thing about you, your business, or your website. Bots don’t care who you are or what you do. If you’re on the web, you’re a target.
According to the web security company Imperva, half of all website visitors are bots and around 29 percent of all “visitors” are there to attack the site.
Contrary to those of you who think your website is too small to be noticed, Imperva found the less traffic you get, the more likely you are to be attacked. “In the least trafficked domains — those frequented by ten human visitors a day or less — bad bots accounted for 47.7 percent of visits while total bot traffic amounted to 93.3 percent.” Indeed, “Bad bots will try to hack [your site] regardless of how popular it is with the human folk. They will even keep visiting a domain in absence of all human traffic.” Does that sound crazy? For people, yes, but bots aren’t people. They’re constantly scanning the web and attacking sites over and over again.
Read more about why it is important for any rganization with a web presence to secure their site, and which basic security rules can help with that, on ZDNet.