If you have ever run your own business before then you know that it can be quite competitive. Not only do you have to do whatever you can to make sure that your customers are happy but you also have to make sure that you are able to compete with the other businesses that are in your niche. Even though you may wish it were true most of the people who would be considered your consumers are not loyal. This is especially true in this day and age with the economy that we are facing. They will go where the deals are. So you must be able to do what you can to keep the customers that you have.
Some business owners take this line of thinking too far though. Instead of winning the customers back through pricing battles and good offers like we have seen in the past, they want to take a different route. They want to take a more illegal route. A route which, if they are caught, can lead to them having to do serious jail time. But for some people who own their own business it is all worth it. This is serious money on the line and for some people out there that really starts to cloud their judgment. In this article we will take a look at how some businesses cross the ethical and legal line when it comes to the internet. It always seems like a good idea until you get caught.
How do businesses cross the line?
Well there are several ways where we have seen businesses cross the line when it comes to using the internet. We are going to talk about two such instances. One of the instances is a business hiring hackers to cause havoc to their competitor’s website. And another instance we see more in the financial world where a business will talk up lies about their stock to make it go higher.
As we said earlier, there have been many instances where a business owner will use some of the black hat hackers on the internet to cause havoc on a competitor’s website. They will do this in several ways. The number one way is to cause a DDOS attack on the website. A DDOS attack is when you send a lot of fake web traffic to the competitor’s website. This causes the lines that run to the website to be clogged and then no one who is a legitimate customer is able to get into the website. And not only that, but if the web host of the site does not recognize the attack as a DDOS then they will charge the website more for bandwidth than they are supposed to pay. We are starting to see these attacks more and more and new owners of websites are surprised it is happening.
Other than a DDOS attack we will see sponsored attacks on business owners where the hackers will steal their information and give it to the business owner who hired them. This is usually called corporate espionage and we are seeing it all of the time on the web now. This only used to happen to major corporations but no more. Now even the smaller business owners are falling victims to this kind of trap.
And finally we have business owners hiring people to post fake stories about their business online. They do this to prop up a stock that is in what is considered the penny range. It happens a lot but it is highly illegal.
If you are a new business owner going to web you have to make sure that you are aware of some of the dangers that you might face.