Google weighs in on account hijacking

According to experts, passwords shouldn’t be the only way you defend your accounts. After all, hackers have plenty of tricks and tools to steal them. So to help businesses fully understand the risks involved, Google conducted a study on the causes of account hijacking.

The results

From March 2016 to March 2017, Google and UC Berkeley researchers examined three main ways hackers hijack accounts:

  • Keylogging software - a malicious program that records computer users’ keystrokes
  • Phishing emails - to lead people into dangerous websites
  • Stolen passwords - available to the highest bidder

In just one year, Google found 788,000 successful keylogging attacks, 12.4 million victims of phishing attacks, and 1.9 billion accounts exposed via login credentials sold on the black market.

Researchers suggest the reason so many accounts are hacked is because people tend to reuse their passwords, which means if one set of login credentials is exposed, other accounts could be compromised.

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