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Top passwords are revealed

123456 is the most common
Thu Oct 08 2009, 09:59

SECURITY RESEARCHERS looking at the behaviour of those people who were caught by the Hotmail phishers have found out the most common passwords.

Since more than 10,000 people were hacked and their password details revealed on the world wide wibble, it gives researchers a good population study for the use of passwords.

Bogdan Calin of Acunetix grabbed the passwords before the data was wiped.

He found that "123456" was the most commonly used password, appearing 64 times.

Just under half the population used only lowercase letters from "a" to "z" and only six percent mixed alphanumeric and other characters.

The top 20 passwords were Spanish names, such as Alejandra and Alberto, suggesting that the victims were Hispanic. This also suggests that people tend to use either their own name or the name of someone they know.

Nearly 2,000 of the passwords were only six characters long, which made them easy to hack. However the longest, "lafaroleratropezoooooooooooooo" was revealed in the phishing scam so the owner's care was wasted. µ



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