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What is a Brute Force Attack?

A ‘brute force attack’ or ‘brute forcing’, also known as ‘credential cracking’, is a method of using bots to identify or “crack” valid log-in credentials to a website or application by sequentially trying out many different values for usernames and passwords with the aim of eventually guessing the correct combination. Brute forcing is usually carried out for ‘Account Takeover’ (ATO) for financial gain or data theft. There is a thriving underground industry that buys and sells log-in credentials from cybercriminals or from lists of leaked or breached account credentials. While brute force or cracking attacks are based on guesses, ‘credential stuffing’ attacks do not involve any guesswork, but rather on sequentially trying to enter lists of stolen or breached username and password pairs to validate them.

Types of Brute Force Attacks

Apart from random guesses, brute force attacks can also use words from dictionaries (which involves entering a large numbers of words and variations in spelling), along with other guessing techniques that may attempt variations of the victim’s name or other information obtained by the hackers from social media posts, publicly available data, or even ‘phishing’ techniques that try to elicit private information from the victim through nefarious ways such as pretending to be from a business that the victim is a customer of, or even impersonating government employees.

Impact of Account Takeover on Your Business

Theft of personal user data:

Regulations such as the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in Europe came into effect because of the rampant collection, sale, and misuse of PII (Personally Identifiable Information). Protecting your customers’ personal data is crucial to safeguarding their accounts from fraud and other potentially malicious activities.

Theft of Personal User Data

Risk of litigation and penalties:

Apart from the GDPR, regulations such as the CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act) require enterprises and other organizations to stringently protect personal data and face litigation and financial penalties in case of any breaches.

Risk of Litigation and Penalties

Loss of business reputation:

Users are very likely to stop doing business with an enterprise that has been found to have been negligent in protecting its customers’ data, especially if they were defrauded, suffered losses, or had their private data breached. Even if they were not directly impacted, consumers tend to prefer dealing with enterprises that have a good reputation for protecting their customers’ data.

Loss of Business Reputation

The Benefits of Stopping Brute Force Attacks

Secure Customer Accounts from Fraud

Safeguard customer data

Safeguard Reward Programs and Increase Customer Confidence

Prevent litigation and financial penalties

Protect Brand Loyalty

Protect your enterprise and brand from loss of reputation and customer loyalty

Industry Recognition

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