State of the Internet / Security : Credential Stuffing in the Media Industry

Between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2019, Akamai recorded more than 88 billion credential stuffing attacks across all industries. When we look specifically at the media sector, which includes streaming media, television networks, cable networks, broadcasting, and even digital publishing and advertising, that number is about 17 billion, or about 20% of all attacks.

In our previous media report, we wrote that media organizations were among the biggest targets of credential stuffing, and here we see continuing support of this observation. In large part, the public visibility of media companies makes them the target of attacks more frequently than most other verticals.

In this report we examine the attack trends in the media sector over a 24-month period, as well as what organizations are seeing on a continual basis. The data shows that credential stuffing attacks and account takeover activity in the media industry continue to grow at a steady pace, without any signs of slowing in the near future.

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