What is Brute Force Attacks?

What is Brute Force Attacks

Brute force attacks are one of the quickest and easiest ways to break into any password-based system or encryption key. Cyber criminals employ automated tools that scan every possible combination of characters until one works.

Due to this vulnerability, longer passwords and encryption measures are critical in protecting against attackers who could gain entry in just days or years if these measures weren’t in place.

Security Measures to Avoid Brute Force Attacks

Brute Force Attacks are both easy and affordable for novice hackers to execute, making them a top choice among novice cyberthreats. In addition, these brute-force attacks serve as a stepping-stone to more complex cyberattacks such as Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks that use multiple devices to overwhelm an organization’s defenses and systems.

Attackers use computer software to gain unauthorised access to passwords, login credentials and encryption keys by repeatedly running tests on usernames, passwords and logins until they crack them – this method is known as brute forcing as attackers often try every combination of characters before finding an equivalent one – whether manually or with automated tools like bots or hacking tools.

Although brute force attacks may fail to gain entry to their intended website, brute force attacks can serve as an invaluable reconnaissance tool for hackers. They use brute force attacks as a reconnaissance method in order to locate weak points in cybersecurity defenses such as broken login pages or unprotected databases.

As well as using two-factor authentication (2FA), restricting login retries, and creating policies to reject weak passwords, you can safeguard against brute force attacks by keeping an eye on your network and systems in real time. By monitoring them regularly you’ll be able to detect telltale signs of attacks like multiple failed login attempts from new devices or locations quickly – and act swiftly if any are discovered.

Implement encryption as another strategy against brute force attacks; this cybersecurity tactic uses random characters to encipher data, making it hard for hackers to decipher without the correct decryption key. This approach may prove particularly successful if your web server is configured with SSL or TLS security protocols that encrypt and protect information prior to sending it over the Internet.

Imperva Bot Protection can also be an effective countermeasure, providing visitors with an additional layer of security on your website by distinguishing between bot traffic and legitimate visitors, blocking unwanted bot activity on your site, identifying suspicious bots for verification and helping reduce false positives that might otherwise go undetected. When combined with other safeguards like real time network monitoring and cyber awareness training for employees, Imperva Bot Protection helps remove brute force attacks altogether.

Monitor Networks in Real Time

hackers use sophisticated software to launch brute force attacks at an incredible speed, potentially testing millions or billions of password combinations per second. Therefore, having security systems in place that monitor activity and suspicious patterns such as credential stuffing, lateral movement or repeated access requests is crucial to keeping up with attacks like these.

One effective defense against brute force attacks is two-factor authentication (2FA). 2FA requires users to enter a code sent via text message or phone call in order to log in, making it far harder for hackers to gain entry to one’s account.

Step two is monitoring network activity in real time using appropriate technology, either by tracking entity activity or user logins. By doing this, it allows you to detect any brute force attacks quickly and take swift action before they have an opportunity to cause severe harm.

Implement a system that encrypts sensitive data. Even if a hacker gains access, they won’t be able to read it! With help from Ekran System’s managed IT services provider solutions you can also deploy solutions that limit employee access resources or require manual approval by security officers before anyone gains entry; this helps protect online systems from being exploited and educate employees on keeping systems safe.

Finally, network security technologies that detect and block brute force attacks and other cyberattacks immediately are essential. The best solutions will not only monitor malicious activities but also block attacks without impacting website performance or impacting legitimate user activities.

Akamai offers such a solution and uses intelligence gathered from 11.5 billion bot requests and 280 million brute force attacks daily to block attackers with minimal false positives.


Brute force attacks are a popular cyber security attack method that involves using a computer to test all combinations of letters, numbers and symbols that could possibly unlock a password or encryption key. Since brute force attacks can be very hard to stop due to their success rate and are becoming increasingly sophisticated over time, companies should take proactive measures against these threats in order to remain protected.

On the bright side, there are steps you can take to protect against brute force attacks. Most importantly, use of a password manager that encrypts all of your passwords can ensure any stolen data will remain undecipherable – whether stored locally or remotely.

Monitoring networks on an ongoing basis is an additional layer of security, helping detect patterns that indicate hacker attempts at password cracking from new devices or unexpected locations.

Utilizing the latest encryption technology is also key; while older ciphers remain susceptible to brute force attacks, newer symmetric encryption algorithms have proven themselves far more resistant. Finally, using strong passwords and 2FA whenever possible can significantly decrease your business’s risk from brute force attacks.

One of the most effective strategies used to defend against brute force attacks is using a word list or dictionary. This method speeds up the process by decreasing the number of combinations that must be tested; however, some attackers combine traditional brute force attacks with dictionary attacks – this form of attack is known as hybrid brute force attack.

Brute force attacks typically aim to make money. By placing ads that generate revenue every time someone clicks or views it, attackers can earn money whenever someone views or clicks their ad. They could also benefit by redirecting traffic from one website to a commissioned ad site or infecting it with activity-tracking malware that tracks user activities on that particular domain.

Changing Passwords

Hackers require considerable work and skill in order to brute force passwords, using multiple combinations until they guess correctly. Once hackers gain entry to a website, they may profit in several ways: for instance, they could add it to their botnet and use it launch distributed denial of service attacks against unsuspecting victims; or they could deface it with offensive material that will harm brand reputation and cause brand and business loss.

Organizations can protect themselves from Brute Force Attacks through multi-factor authentication (MFA). MFA involves two forms of verification such as an SMS code sent directly to a phone or biometric scan that are required in order to log on; this makes it more difficult for hackers to crack passwords while limiting failed login attempts before an account becomes locked out completely.

Implement a password salting strategy. This creates unique hashes for each password, making it more difficult for hackers to brute force attack the original one through brute force methods. Furthermore, mandating users change their passwords frequently can also help protect against Brute Force Attacks.

A hybrid brute force attack combines dictionary and brute force techniques. Hackers will compare breached credentials against a list of commonly used words and phrases, before employing brute force methods to try every combination of letters, numbers and symbols they can think of.

Brute force attacks can have disastrous repercussions for businesses, including data and revenue loss as well as irreparable damage to reputation and public embarrassment for customers. Therefore, organizations should take all possible security precautions against brute force attacks in order to defend against these threats; such steps include using multifactor authentication (MFA), password salting technology and real time network monitoring as ways of mitigating these types of attacks.

Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.