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WAF vs Account Takeover Attacks

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| 07th Sep 2018 / 16:22

WAF vs Account Takeover Attacks

It is common knowledge that automated bots account for more than half of the world’s web traffic, some for legitimate purposes such as search engine listing, however, the majority is of a malicious nature.

Given the rise in data breaches, combinations of usernames and passwords are readily available on the web to be exploited for fraudulent reason via automated Account Takeover (ATO) tools. It’s now more important than ever for modern business leaders to get visibility on the different types of traffic hitting their websites.

9 out of 10 website login attempts are performed by Account Takeover (ATO) bots, and while the more basic, high volume attacks are relatively easy to identify, the more sophisticated attacks are still bypassing Web Application Firewalls (WAFs).

Many businesses rely on WAFs to protect their sites and customer accounts, this is a good policy for protection against a wide range of security attacks; however, many are still falling victim to successful ATO attacks. This paper will detail the most common reasons why WAFs are no longer effective against the rising tide of sophisticated bots.

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