Threat Minute: What is Credential Stuffing and How Do You Protect Against It?

February 5th, 2019

In today’s threat briefing, I want to discuss credential stuffing.

Video sharing platform Daily Motion recently announced that they suffered a credential stuffing attack, which led to multiple accounts getting compromised. Let’s explore what credential stuffing is and how to protect yourself against it.


What is Credential Stuffing?

Credential stuffing is a type of cyber attack where hackers use usernames and passwords that they might have downloaded from other websites or the deep web. Or, maybe they bought it off the black market from one of the recent data breaches. They use those usernames and passwords to gain illegal access to other user accounts on other websites.

Data Breaches are the New Normal

Daily Motion isn’t the only company that has suffered this type of attack. High profile social news site Reddit also recently announced that they had many accounts suffer the same type of credential stuffing attack where their users were compromised. With data breaches becoming the new normal, this is a natural progression for what is to come. Enterprises and everyday people need to protect themselves.

Three Ways to Protect Against Credential Stuffing

That’s all! Thanks for watching today’s threat briefing. I’ll see you next time.

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Trevor Parks

Trevor Parks is the director for security solutions at Masergy. He is responsible for guiding the development, evolution and implementation of Masergy's Unified Enterprise Security services platform. Trevor contributed to the development of the patented Network Behavioral Analysis technology at the core of the Masergy’s security solutions aimed at detecting APTs and other advanced threats effecting customer networks.

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