A type of cyber attack where a hacker repeatedly attempts to guess a user's password by trying a small list of common passwords.
What is password spraying?
Password spraying is a type of cyber attack where a hacker repeatedly attempts to guess a user's password by trying a small list of common passwords. The attacker attempts to log into an account using a list of commonly used passwords and a large number of different username or email combinations. This method is used because it is less likely to trigger account lockouts or other security mechanisms that are in place to prevent brute force attacks.
Password spraying is often used to target a large number of accounts at once, such as those of a company or organization. The goal is to find a few accounts with weak passwords that can be easily cracked. Once the attacker has gained access to an account, they can use that access to gain access to other systems and steal sensitive information.