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Users still make hacking easy with weak passwords




Users still make hacking easy with weak passwords
Users still make hacking easy with weak passwords



http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9147138/Users_still_make_hacking_easy_with_weak_passwords?taxonomyId=17 

By Jaikumar Vijayan
Computerworld
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 
the Internet.

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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