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Definition Edit

Account compromise is

the unauthorized use of a computer account by someone other than the account owner, without involving system-level or root-level privileges (privileges a system administrator or network manager has).[1]

Overview Edit

"An account compromise might expose the victim to serious data loss, data theft, or theft of services. The lack of root-level access means that the damage can usually be contained, but a user-level account is often an entry point for greater access to the system."[2]

References Edit

  1. US-CERT, "Security of the Internet" (full-text).
  2. Id.

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