Website Defacement Monitoring

Ensure integrity of your website and gain security from website hacking using Site24x7's website defacement monitoring tool. Site24x7's security defacement monitoring offers hack detection and neutralizes all defacements to keep your business reputation intact.

Track hacking using our advanced website protection services.

Website defacement refers to unauthorized hacks on your web page or entire website; mutilating its structure partially or wholly. It may include insertion of potentially hazardous content, images, malicious code, or even deletion of the same. In some cases, instances like code injections can even put your customer's data in grave danger. A defaced web page can thus inflict severe damage to your business reputation and reliability. Enable security defacement monitoring to monitor website hack before it affects your customer.

Site24x7 Website Defacement monitor - Key benefits:

  • Early spotting of security issues on your website including, unauthorized addition or modification of HTML elements such as text, script, image, link, iframe, anchor tag
  • Scans entire web page for hacked links and other quality issues
  • Identify changes in an HTML element's 'href' or 'src' attributes to a previously unused domain name
  • Early identification of security infringements
  • Negate any impact on search engine page rank and traffic due to a defaced web page
  • Mitigate any attempts to hijack your website and safeguard your brand image.
Run checks to find website hacks using website defacement monitoring

Monitor website hacks via standard checks.

Site24x7 uses a baseline document object model (DOM) to analyze differences and perform defacement checks during subsequent polls. It morphs itself into a tampered link checker, which not only detects any tampered links in your DOM but also identifies where exactly those incorrect references locate in your HTML code. Below are the key aspects tested while performing a standard check:

  • Image defacement: Identify 'src' attribute changes with respect to the images present in the website page.
  • Script defacement: Identify changes with respect to the scripts embedded and detect any 'src' attribute change for the external script
  • Anchor defacement: Identify 'href' attribute changes in the anchor links present in the website page
  • Iframe defacement: Identify 'src' attribute changes in the iframe element and notify if there is a change in the domain name in the configured URL
  • Link defacement: Identify 'href' attribute changes in the link element of the website page
  • Text defacement: Identify any content changes with respect to the visible content in the rendered website page
  • Text modified percentage: Identify the percentage change in content against the base DOM content
  • Script modified percentage: Identify the percentage change in script against the base DOM view.
Analyze differences and perform defacement checks

Advanced web content integrity check and intelligent baselining.

A DOM for a web page lists each element that appears on the web page, including content, links, style specifications, scripts and more.

Using a headless browser, we detect changes to the DOM caused by execution of JavaScript and other dynamically loaded content. Site24x7 compares the current DOM to previously recorded DOM. It helps to identify any defacements and maintain content integrity.

During the monitor setup process, you can either manually set the monitor threshold configuration or enable auto detection of the content and script threshold value. In the auto mode, the monitoring engine will fetch each web page twice consecutively to discover the content and script modified threshold and will update it. The base web page content is automatically baselined for future monitoring.

Adding a new monitor for website defacement monitoring

Proactive alerting and intuitive dashboard for troubleshooting

Our superior website protection services ensure relevant user alert group members are notified promptly during a hack detection. Alerts can be configured as Email, Voice, SMS, IMs, or Push Notifications.

Site24x7's dashboard for website defacement monitor helps you track hacking, aid in troubleshooting issues, and help stay on top of security infringements. Below are the key features offered by the web defacement dashboard:

  • Real-time defacement status and summary of upto 10 configured webpages, including the percentage of text and script modified, actual reason behind the defacement
  • Indepth defacement details of individual web pages including the defaced elements and their actual modified value
  • Defacement history of the configured monitor
  • Ability to export reports as PDFs and share it via email.
Drill down to obtain detailed insights using our website defacement monitoring tool

Website defacement monitoring with Site24x7

Your website getting modified with malicious content is the last thing you wish for, but with the rise in website vandalism, it's crucial to protect your website from getting defaced.

With Site24x7's website defacement monitoring tool, you can:

  • Configure thresholds to detect text defacement.
  • Track the integrity of your websites and detect modifications of any content or critical elements.
  • Use the base webpage content as the baseline for content comparison.
  • Execute restoration actions when defacement is detected.
  • View the content modification history to drill deep into the details.

Website defacement monitoring overview

What is website defacement?

Website defacement is the replacement of existing content on a website with malicious content.The malicious content varies based on the hacker's intentions and poses a threat to the integrity of the webpage.

What are the causes of defacement attacks?

Defacement attacks can be due to unauthorized access, SQL injection, cross-site scripting, DNS hijacking, or malware injection.

What are the consequences of website defacement?

When a website is defaced, there can be several consequences, like data theft, a loss of user privacy, damage to the brand's reputation, downtime, the page getting blocklisted, an increased bounce rate, a low search engine ranking, and huge financial detriments.

What are the benefits of website defacement monitoring?

With the help of a website defacement monitoring tool, you can:

How can Site24x7 help you monitor defacement?

Site24x7's website defacement monitoring tool helps ensure the integrity and security of webpages by constantly tracking any modifications to the critical elements on the pages. The webpage submitted for monitoring will be considered the baseline for cross-checking the changes. Site24x7 will check all the elements, like images, iframes, and scripts, along with the element attributes.

With the help of the scripts and the dynamic text content on the page, thresholds will be configured automatically, or you can configure them manually. If any threshold is breached, alert notifications will be sent through your preferred notification modes. The defacement can be checked and verified from the console or from the alert notification emails. If your webpage is defaced, you can restore the original version by using webhooks or by invoking actions, thereby helping you to provide a safe platform for your customers.


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