SplashData, a company that makes password management tools, has released a roundup of 2011's "25 worst passwords," gleaned from password-dumps posted by "hackers" (presumably, sources like the Lulzsec Sony password files). I can't locate the actual study and its methodology (are these passwords "worst" because they're the most common, or because they contain the least entropy? Is the sample set representative?) but the list is still informative, and, of course, it can give a warm glow of superiority to those of us with stronger passwords.
Passwords have been a recurring theme this year, and it's becoming increasingly clear (to me, at least), that passwords may be reaching their end-of-life on the Internet.
25 Worst Passwords of 2011 [STUDY]
Many years ago, EFF co-founder John Gilmore and I were discussing the prevalence of botnets, which are commonly used to launch distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that overwhelm websites with floods of traffic; John said that if the botnets were really on the rise at the reported rate, we should expect to see a […]
When a computer stops behaving, the solution often involves looking up an obscure command and pasting it into the terminal — even experienced administrators and programmers aren’t immune to this, because remembering the exact syntax for commands you use once every couple years is a choresome task.
A study by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration found that half of American Internet users are “deterred” from engaging in online transactions because of fears over privacy and security breaches.
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