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OAT-019 Account Creation
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OWASP Automated Threat (OAT) Identity Number
Threat Event Name
Summary Defining Characteristics
Create multiple accounts for subsequent misuse.
Bulk account creation, and sometimes profile population, by using the application's account sign-up processes. The accounts are subsequently misused for generating content spam, laundering cash and goods, spreading malware, a ecting reputation, causing mischief, and skewing search engine optimisation (SEO), reviews and surveys.
Other Names and Examples
Account pharming; Fake account; Fake social media account creation; Impersonator bot; Massive account registration; New account creation; Registering many user accounts
CAPEC Category / Attack Pattern IDs
- 210 Abuse of Functionality
CWE Base / Class / Variant IDs
- 799 Improper Control of Interaction Frequency
- 837 Improper Enforcement of a Single, Unique Action
- 841 Improper Enforcement of Behavioral Workflow
WASC Threat IDs
- 21 Insufficient Anti-Automation
- 42 Abuse of Functionality