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Gawker hack reveals password trends

Posted on Saturday, December 18 2010 @ 17:40:29 CET by

Last week's hack of Gawker Media provides some insight into what the most used passwords are:
The Wall Street Journal has taken a closer look at those passwords to see if there's anything to be learned, and it found a few interesting trends among the data.

As one might expect, there are loads of folks with lousy passwords. Among those that were decrypted, 123456, password, and 12345678 proved the most popular. Qwerty and abc123 also rank high on the list, as do the names of several of Gawker sites. However, the actual percentage of people using those passwords isn't all that high. The top three account for around 6,000 passwords, which is only 3% of the total released.
Source: The Tech Report



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