akamai-research-account-checkers-and-fraud.pdf

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Akamai has observed attempted account takeover behavior for a customer resulting from reuse of credentials obtained from other sites. Attackers are using automated tools (“account checkers”) to quickly determine valid userid/password combinations across a large number of ecommerce sites. Attackers using these tools can identify valid accounts rapidly, gain access and acquire names, addresses and credit card data from user profiles, as well as fraudulently acquire merchandise.

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