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Why are Hosting Accounts Hacked or Compromised?

When a hosting account is hacked, the most common questions we receive are "How?" "How do I correct it?" and finally, "Why?". This article is meant to explore the last of those questions...

Why are Hosting Accounts Hacked/Compromised?

Hosting accounts are hacked for a variety of reasons. Most commonly we see that a hack is for: 
  • Create malicious/phishing pages in order to collect visitor information (passwords, etc)
  • Spread viruses or malware
  • Send spam email
  • Personal achievement of attacker
Last Updated: 9th of May, 2012     Article ID: 992