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Definition Edit

Website defacement is "[a]n unauthorised change to the content of a website."[1]

Overview Edit

These are typically the work of system crackers, who break into a web server and replace the hosted website with one of their own. Defacement is generally meant as a kind of electronic graffiti, although recently it has become a means to spread messages by politically motivated "cyber protesters" or hacktivists.

References Edit

  1. ACSC 2015 Threat Report, Glossary, at 27.


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