MFA Bypass 101

How Hackers Combine Attack Methods and Stolen Credentials to Sidestep Multi-Factor Authentication

MFA Bypass 101 Whitepaper

Microsoft famously stated that user accounts are “more than 99.9% less likely to be compromised if you use MFA.” While there is little doubt MFA (multi-factor authentication) is an effective deterrent against cyber attacks, it’s not a “magic bullet.”

In this whitepaper, SpyCloud examines the human weaknesses and technological pain points in MFA to show how the most basic personal identifiers are being used to gain a foothold in users’ computers and wreak havoc. Educating your users on basic cyber hygiene while monitoring for compromised credentials within your network can ensure you’re getting the most from your MFA investment.

We explain:

  • How breached passwords and PII fuel criminals’ ability to circumvent MFA
  • Five common attack methods in plain English
  • Preventative methods to use in a layered cybersecurity program
Solution: Account Takeover Prevention

Detect and automatically reset exposed credentials before criminals can exploit them to bypass MFA and take over accounts.

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The SpyCloud Difference

With solutions backed by the world’s most current and comprehensive repository of recaptured data from breaches, malware infections, and other underground sources, SpyCloud provides the earliest detection of accounts at risk of ATO. And we automate the remediation of exposed passwords, enabling enterprises to lock down accounts quickly, before damage is done. 

Our goal is to help organizations to protect themselves from criminal activity and disrupt criminals’ ability to profit from stolen data.

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