Defacement monitoring is a service that recognises attacks on websites, whereby nefarious individuals attempt to change a website’s content. The intent of defacement is usually to change graphics, vandalise 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.