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Brute Force Attack

What is a Brute Force Attack?

A Brute Force Attack occurs when hackers simply bombard a computer, application, website, or network sign-in with a large number of possible passwords to gain unauthorized access. Hackers can use special programs to try several passwords in a short period to attempt an unauthorized sign-in.

How to Recognize This Threat: Administrators can detect this type of attack by volume. The logs of whatever password-protected log-in is targeted will show an inordinately high amount of traffic.

How to Prevent This Threat: Logins can be configured to allow only a few attempts before blocking an IP address. Passwords should also be made as complex as possible, making a quick attack impossible. Need help setting up your network sign-ons? Reach out to our Security Operations Center for a solution!