Password Insecurity: An Analysis of Gawker User Passwords

December 15, 2010 -

An analysis by the Wall Street Journal of the stolen user data from Gawker media proves that many users don't take password security very seriously. At all. That data was swiped over the weekend by a hacking group called "Gnosis," who managed to gain access to e-mail addresses and passwords of more than a million Gawker users.

Gawker's sites have been compromised, causing users to reset their passwords to sites such as Lifehacker, Gawker, Gizmodo, Kotaku, and Jezebel. The Wall Street Journal analyzed some of the hacked Gawker data that has been released to find trends in people's password selections. They looked at a sample of 188,279 passwords made public by the group. The list proved that a lot of users chose passwords that were just stupid. The most popular password was "123456," followed by "password." Other foolish choices included "lifehack," "qwerty," "monkey," "letmein," "cheese," "trustno1," and "passw0rd."

Gawker staff members did not think outside the box either. As many as 15 had exceptionally weak passwords. One staffer had his password set to his name, followed by "1." Many others simply used common phrases and words.

Source: PC World

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Re: Password Insecurity: An Analysis of Gawker User ...

When people come to ask me how to hack someone else orkut, MSN, etc... (when you are the tech savy guy this is the only reason people call you, beside broken computers), I have to explain that it is actually near impossible, and what happen is that those that claim got their account "hacked" or gave their passwords, or had a stupid password.

 

And I learned about stupid passwords the hard way, someone logged in on my ICQ (54413174) about 3 yeras ago, and changed the password :/ I never got it back. (the password was 1234... I kinda deserved it).

 

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Re: Password Insecurity: An Analysis of Gawker User ...

Glad I don't use Gawker

Re: Password Insecurity: An Analysis of Gawker User ...

Luckily, I checked and my data was not part of the list.

 

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