Credential Stuffing

What is Credential Stuffing?

Credential stuffing is when an attacker tries to get into your protected account using compromised credentials.

To avoid getting into trouble with credential stuffing, it’s essential to use an authentication and authorization workflow that prevents unauthorized users from gaining access to your accounts.

This attack can use various automated tools and fake logins but is most commonly used to mimic normal human behavior and impersonate real customers. There are many ways to combat credential stuffing, including CAPTCHA and multi-factor authentication (MFA). However, sophisticated attackers often bypass these traditional security solutions and can steal customer credentials. These credential thefts can lead to abandoned transactions and lost revenue. In addition, fraudsters use credential stuffing to carry out their scams. For example, criminals often use this method as a precursor to carrying out an account takeover or a data breach.

Why is Credential Stuffing important?

When it comes to cybercrime, credential stuffing has emerged as a top cybersecurity problem globally. There are times when over a hundred million email accounts and an estimated 10 billion passwords were exposed, making it one of the worst data breaches. Cyberattacks are becoming more frequent due to the frequency of data breaches, the success of phishing, and the fast monetization of credentials using automation. The business community is a victim of credential stuffing. The organization is forced to pay vast amounts of money for the stolen credentials, and there’s no evidence of a solution.

How does a credential stuffing attack work?

Credential stuffing starts with automated attacks that compromise credentials, ends with fraud, and results in account takeover and customer friction. Many readily available tools, infrastructure, and billions of compromised credentials make it easy for hackers to find, launch, and exploit. In addition, there are sophisticated tools that can emulate human behavior, so they can bypass security controls and leverage human click-farms to evade anti-automation algorithms. These tools have further evolved to use AI models to bypass risk-based authentication. One of the best ways to prevent sophisticated credential stuffing is through traditional approaches like IP blocking.

How does AppViewX automates F5 to handle credential stuffing?

F5 solutions deter credential stuffing attacks by disrupting their ROI, making it much less profitable to try to break in and steal credit cards and other credentials.
By monitoring and analyzing network, device, and environmental signals across data centers, clouds, and architectures, F5 solutions can detect anomalous behavior and automated attacks using compromised credentials.

In addition to helping customers protect themselves from criminals, F5 also helps customers detect criminal activities. This way, F5 help customers to protect their customers.

F5 solutions automatically deploy optimal countermeasures to prevent or block these malicious actions by utilizing automated threat intelligence modeling to identify similar threats and exploit patterns. Additionally, this software helps enterprises safeguard against attacker AI models that bypass risk-based authentication and the ripple effects of account takeover and fraud from impacting revenues, operations, and customer trust.

AppViewX ADC+, a load balancer automation product empowers app teams to have greater visibility and control over there F5 devices thereby enabling speedier action against any vulnerabilities and risks. For more information, please check out ADC+ use-cases.