By Jaikumar Vijayan
January 21, 2010
In a report likely to make IT administrators tear out their hair, most
users still rely on easy passwords, some as simple as "123456," to
access their accounts.
A report released today by database security vendor Imperva Inc. serves
as another reminder of why IT administrators need to enforce strong
password policies on enterprise applications and systems.
Imperva's report is based on an analysis of 32 million passwords that
were exposed in a recent database intrusion at RockYou Inc., a developer
of several popular Facebook applications. The passwords, which belonged
to users who had registered with RockYou, had been stored by the company
in clear text on the compromised database. The hacker responsible for
the intrusion later posted the entire list of 32 million passwords on
An analysis of that list provides the latest confirmation that a
majority of users still don't care about the strength of their passwords
if they are left to choose them on their own.
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