Akamai Research Highlights SVOD Security Risk

The State of the Internet / Security: Credential Stuffing: Attacks and Economies – Special Media Report, explains how criminals are enabling non-subscribers to view content via pirated streaming accounts.

Akamai's report found that three of the largest credential stuffing attacks against streaming services in 2018, ranging in size from 133 million to 200 million attempts, took place shortly after reported data breaches, indicating hackers were likely testing stolen credentials before selling them. The research found that the U.S. is the top country of origin for the attacks, followed by Russia and Canada. The U.S. is also the most targeted country for credential stuffing attacks, followed by India and Canada.

In a credential stuffing attack, nefarious actors tap automated tools to use stolen login information to attempt to gain access to user accounts on other online sites, on the assumption that consumers use the same login and password for multiple services.

Stolen credentials can be used for a host of illicit purposes, not the least of which is enabling non-subscribers to view content via pirated streaming accounts. Compromised accounts are also sold, traded or harvested for various types of personal information, and they are often available for purchase in bulk on the Dark Web, according to Akamai researchers.

“Educating subscribers on the importance of using unique username and password combinations is one of the most effective measures businesses can take to mitigate credential abuse,” said Akamai global director Patrick Sullivan. “The good news is that organizations are taking the threat seriously and investigating security defenses, as evidenced by the discussions at NAB. Akamai offers its research and best practices to help these organizations who are facing significant brand and financial harm.”

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