company that specializes in protecting business applications and
databases, has recently unveiled its research entitled "Consumer
Password Worst Practices." The company analyzed about 32 million
passwords that were revealed to the public after social media
application developer RockYou became the victim of a hack attack.
It is worth mentioning that in December of 2009, a hacker managed to
break into the website's database and obtain information that included
unencrypted usernames and passwords of every user. Imperva studied the
security breach and decide to publish the most popular passwords used
by users of RockYou, informs News.com.au.
The list of the top ten most used passwords includes the following examples:
According to Amichai Shulman, Imperva's CTO, over the past two decades
little has changed. Shulman referred to a 1990 Unix password research
which reported a similar selection pattern.
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