Website hacking refers to the unauthorized access, manipulation, or exploitation of a website's security vulnerabilities by individuals with malicious intent. Hackers, also known as attackers, attempt to gain control over a website's resources, data, or functionalities for various purposes, which may include:

  1. Defacement: Changing the appearance of a website to display messages, images, or content that is not intended by the website owner.
  2. Data Theft: Stealing sensitive information, such as user credentials, personal data, or financial information stored on the website's databases.
  3. Phishing: Creating fake login pages or forms on the website to trick users into providing their login credentials or other sensitive information.
  4. Injection Attacks: Exploiting vulnerabilities in the website's code to inject malicious scripts or commands into the backend system.
  5. Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS): Overwhelming the website's servers with a massive amount of traffic to make the site unavailable to legitimate users.
  6. Cross-Site Scripting (XSS): Injecting malicious scripts into the website that can execute in users' browsers, potentially stealing their information or performing actions on their behalf.
  7. SQL Injection: Manipulating input fields on the website to execute unauthorized SQL queries and gain access to the website's databases.
  8. Remote File Inclusion (RFI) and Local File Inclusion (LFI): Exploiting vulnerabilities to include and execute external or local files on the server, leading to unauthorized access.