And at the same time it is the second most attacked country, behind India, according to a report by Akamai.

The Credential Stuffing attacks show a particular appetite for the media and entertainment industry.

This is revealed by the report on the State of the Internet / Credential Stuffing in the Media Industry of Akamai 2020, which says that a fifth of such attacks are currently directed against media companies , an attractive target for criminals.

Akamai observes a year-on-year increase of 63% in attacks against the video media sector, 208% in attacks against video pages and 630% against television websites . In these last two cases, coinciding with an explosion of content on demand. Additionally, attacks targeting video services have grown 98%.

To all this we must add the damage to newspapers, magazines and books. Akamai’s report speaks of a 7000% rise in attacks on published content .

«As long as we have usernames and passwords, we are going to have criminals trying to compromise them and exploit their valuable information» , says Steve Ragan, security researcher at Akamai and author of the report. «Sharing and recycling passwords» would be the «factors that contribute most to Credential Stuffing attacks».

“While educating consumers on how to manage credentials is critical to combating these attacks, it is incumbent on companies to deploy stronger authentication methods and identify the right mix of technology, policies and know-how that can help protect customers without negatively affecting the user experience, «says Ragan.

By country, The United States is the main source of Credential Stuffing’s attacks against media companies, reaching 1.1 billion in 2019. The top 3 are completed by France and Russia with 393 million and 243 million attacks, respectively.

Meanwhile, India is the country most attacked , with 2.4 billion attacks in 2019, just ahead of the United States (1.4 billion) and the United Kingdom (124 million).