In this article, we will discuss one of the most used cyberattacks of the last decade.
What is an XSS Attack?
XSS stands for Cross-site Scripting. You will notice that the actual letters produce in CSS for short, however, this is already taken by something worse – the Cascading Style Sheets.
As a very simple example, let’s say that you have visited a payment site like:
You have visited the above-mentioned link on the payment website to send a payment to a relative. Now, let’s say that you visit another website, this time for cute cats at
On this page, you see a really cute cat image and you click on it. However, the owner of cutecats is a malicious person that have made the link on the picture to lead to
So that instead of opening the cute cat image, you’re instead making a payment from the payment website to the malicious person. Since the payment website “knows” you as you have visited it previously it will also know to remove the money from your account.
This is a very simple example and should not work with sites made in 2019
Sites like Facebook have implement protection for their users by showing a warning when the console is opened.
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