Defacement monitoring is a service that recognizes attacks on websites, whereby nefarious individuals attempt to change a website’s content. The intent of defacement is usually to change graphics, vandalize content or intercept information. Defacement monitoring can prevent far reaching consequences and “pharming” of potential customers.
The severity of website defacement can vary between mild cases in which the perpetrator posts a message bragging about the break-in or in some other way mocking the system administrator for allowing the break-in to occur. Other more severe cases involve website defacement in which the perpetrator uploads malware.