06 August 2012

Yahoo's mass account hacking shows 'users' carelessness with passwords'

A security breach at the offices of internet search giant Yahoo, which led to over 450,000 login details being leaked online, highlights how careless Internet users are while choosing their passwords. Last month, a hacking collective posted account information belonging to thousands of Yahoo users on a public website in what they described as 'a wake-up call'.
The incident showed that the company that holds user details in question has poor user security, which allows the hackers to grab this important data.
But most importantly, it tells how blind Internet users are when it comes to password security.
According to the report, out of 442,837 passwords that were published, the top ten passwords were "123456," "password," "welcome," "ninja," "abc123," "123456789," "princess," "sunshine," "12345678," and "0".
The word "'qwerty"' (the first six letters appearing on the top left letter row of a U.S. keyboard when read left to right, came in at number 11..............

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