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The Most Common Passwords

January 22nd, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

(Rasmusen)If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It HackMe at the NYT, via Orin Kerr. What security people don’t realize is that most people have nothing to steal, and for the pauper, locking the door is pure bother.

Mr. Shulman and his company examined a list of 32 million passwords that an unknown hacker stole last month from RockYou, a company that makes software for users of social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. The list was briefly posted on the Web, and hackers and security researchers downloaded it. …

Imperva found that nearly 1 percent of the 32 million people it studied had used “123456” as a password. The second-most-popular password was “12345.” Others in the top 20 included “qwerty,” “abc123” and “princess.”

More disturbing, said Mr. Shulman, was that about 20 percent of people on the RockYou list picked from the same, relatively small pool of 5,000 passwords.

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