Cyber attackers using a brute-force strategy will typically inundate a network with various password trial-and-error attempts. The online tool ShadowBrokers dropped in May, using Facebook credentials, attempted to launch over 20 million guesses to some of Facebook’s most important accounts.

One Facebook user, The VaynerMedia Group, described the attack in his blog.

“The first method I found involves trying 20 million random passwords, but I find it hard to believe that just by attacking Facebook users for one month, the hackers could guess that many,” he wrote. “Given that Facebook is aware of their security practices, I think they are probably behind some intrusion of the network.”

According to one Facebook user, the “lack of password authentication in large networks like Facebook and Twitter” is also a root cause of hacks.

“Every organization, large or small, should have strong password management policies in place, especially the largest and most established companies,” he wrote. “It is the responsibility of the company leadership to set a solid password policy and to keep users from changing their passwords, since their passwords may be stored on their servers in the first place.”

LinkedIn hackers reportedly relied on the social networking site’s internal software platform to use a cracking tool. Experts said the tools could be used to scan and test Microsoft Office, Adobe Flash and other software, including Microsoft’s own.Net programming languages, and that’s why having the right protection in things like email is essential, and there tools that help with this, look at this now for more information on this.

Microsoft last year warned users about the potential of security flaws in its.Net tools, warning that it could be exploited to conduct password cracking attacks.

While Facebook’s security team stopped the ShadowBrokers’ attacks, its users continued to fall victim to new and hard-to-detect attacks. In March, one cybersecurity expert discovered a method that allowed people to hijack Twitter accounts with the use of stolen credentials, but so far have not been able to crack the code of the attack.

Another Facebook security expert earlier said that the leaked data also contained sensitive information that Facebook officials should be aware of.

“This data includes a wide range of protected information including: Social Security numbers, passwords, images, emails, phone numbers and more,” the Facebook expert wrote.

The digital security expert argued that Facebook needs to do a better job of safeguarding personal data of its users.

“The only way to build strong security on large-scale social networks like Facebook is to get users to use strong passwords and to do less of their day-to-day activities on social media,” he wrote. “But it is difficult to build an industry that makes social platforms less visible, much less exploitable, while consumers are still willing to use social media platforms.”

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