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How are Credentials Compromised?



  • Send e-mails disguised as legitimate messages
  • Trick users into disclosing credentials
  • Deliver malware that captures credentials

Watering Holes

  • Target a popular site: social media, corporate intranet
  • Inject malware into the code of the legitimate website
  • Deliver malware to visitors that captures credentials


  • Inject malware into legitimate online advertising networks
  • Deliver malware to visitors that captures credentials

Web Attacks

  • Scan Internet-facing company assets for vulnerabilities
  • Exploit discovered vulnerabilities to establish a foothold
  • Move laterally through the network to discover credentials


Percentage of adults in the U.S. using the same or very similar passwords for multiple online services

Passwords are a twentieth-century solution to a modern-day problem. Unfortunately, user names and passwords are still the most common method for logging onto services including corporate networks, social media sites, e-commerce sites and others


Average number of breached data records, including credentials, perU.S.-based company

User names and passwords represent the keys to the kingdom for malicious attackers. Criminals who know how to penetrate a company’s defenses can easily steal hundreds or even thousands of credentials at a time.

$1 - $8

Typical price range for individual compromised credentials

A criminal dealing in stolen credentials can make tens of thousands of dollars from buyers interested in purchasing credentials. And by selling those credentials to multiple buyers, organizations that experience a breach of credentials can easily be under digital assault from dozens or even hundreds of attackers.

What Can An Attacker Do With Compromised Credentials?

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  • Send Spam from Compromised Email Accounts
  • Deface Web Properties and Host Malicious Content
  • Install Malware on Compromised Systems
  • Compromise Other Accounts Using the Same Credentials
  • Exfiltrate Sensitive Data (Data Breach)
  • Identity Theft

Protect Against Credential Compromise!

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While there is always a risk that attackers will compromise a company’s systems through advanced attacks, most data breaches exploit common vectors such as known vulnerabilities, unpatched systems and unaware employees. Only by implementing a suite of tools including monitoring, data leak prevention, multifactor authentication, employee security awareness training and others - can organizations protect their business from the perils of the dark web.
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