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Credential theft a top priority, Rapid 7 report shows

May 15, 2018 / Warwick Ashford

Credential theft is still a top priority for organisations to address in terms of making it more difficult for cyber attackers to gain unauthorised access to their networks, report reveals. Cyber attackers are coming up with more convincing ways to steal user credentials, according to the latest quarterly cyber threat report from security firm Rapid7. Credential theft, reuse and subsequent suspicious logins are the most commonly reported significant incidents across both small and large organisations, the report said. Adversaries can gain remote access by using legitimate credentials to log in to third-party services such as Dropbox, Microsoft Office365, DocuSign, and a variety of other services that organistions use regularly for business operations, the report warns. These credentials can be exposed in several different ways, including guessing, brute-force attacks, credential leaks or phishing campaigns designed to trick users into entering their credentials. “Once credentials...