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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

This year’s theme for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart,” encouraging individuals and organizations to “own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace.”

As we wrap up week 3, take a deep dive into Dark Web danger that you may not be considering in your cybersecurity calculus.


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Credential Stuffing Attacks Hammer Financial Sector & More Industries

Credential stuffing attacks are on the rise. As Dark Web data dumps grow ever larger and strong demand for lists of stolen passwords and filched user records continues to heat up Dark Web data markets, these cybercrimes are gaining new fuel every day – and that’s bad news for businesses, especially in the financial sector

Financial Institutions Get Looted

A recent Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Private Industry Notification was released to warn businesses in the financial sector that they’ve come into the crosshairs of cybercriminals. The alert notes that credential stuffing and DDos have been the cause of the majority of cybersecurity incidents in the industry since 2017, with credential stuffing accounting for 41% of financial sector cyberattacks in the last 3 years.

The alert cites several examples of credential stuffing attacks that opened the door to password-related cybersecurity disasters, including a financial institution that experienced credential stuffing attacks that enabled bad actors to gain access to critical systems, enabling fraudulent check withdrawals and ACH transfers to the tune of more than $3.5 million in Q3 2020 alone.

Not Even the Stock Market is Safe

In a separate but similar warning to the financial services industry, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a Risk Alert, stating that its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has observed a precipitate rise in credential stuffing attacks against brokerages, financial advisers, and broker-dealers, primarily fueled by the millions of passwords in Dark Web data dumps.

The SEC message also urges companies that handle PII and sensitive information to add protections against this kind of cybercrime, to protect both their clients and their own businesses. In a landscape of rapidly increasing penalties, the notice warned that failing to secure your business against credential stuffing and password-related attacks could open up firms to substantial fines and penalties in case of a data breach.

It’s Spreading Everywhere

This tracks with data gathered from other industries indicating that credential stuffing is quickly gaining favor as a form of attack. While media and communications companies remain the favored target of credential stuffing attacks with a 63% year over year increase, on-demand or subscription-based broadcast and video sites saw a 630% spike in credential stuffing attacks at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in Q2 2020.

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The Threat

Credential stuffing attacks powered by Dark Web data are assaulting businesses in every sector. How do I protect mine?

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