Credential stuffing—where attackers use email addresses and passwords stolen from one site to attempt to access other sites—took off in 2018, with nearly 30 billion documented attempts recorded by Internet infrastructure firm Akamai, according to its new report.

The attacks are enabled by easy-to-use software and widespread botnets that can take lists of usernames and passwords and try to log in to a variety of sites. On average, Akamai saw more than 115 million attempts to use stolen credentials per day, and three times during the year the attacks spiked to more than 250 million attempts per day.

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Ross is the CISO at Symplexity. He has achieved CCIE Security and CISSP certifications, an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and has 20 years of experience in the fields of computer and network security engineering and consulting. Ross provides virtual CISO services for our Symplexity Secure clients and helps them to identify information security risks and implement administrative, procedural, and technical controls to mitigate. He works effectively with both technical and managerial personnel and is a trusted resource for our clients.

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