Syrian President's Email Hacked... His Password Was 12345

from the kind-of-thing-an-idiot-would-have-on-his-luggage dept

Well, this is rather incredible. With the news that Anonymous hacked the offices of the Syrian President and dumped a ton of emails online... comes the news that the hack was insanely easy. Why? Because, apparently, the password was 12345. No joke. Of course, that's considered one of the worst passwords of all time. And, as pointed out by Lauren Weinstein, this is the exact same password that was immortalized by Dark Helmet (the original one, rather than our local Techdirt hero) as being the stupidest password he's ever heard -- and the "kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!"


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    GMacGuffin (profile), Feb 8th, 2012 @ 10:59am

    Ha, that scene from Spaceballs comes up a lot in IT-land (case study for clients).

     

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    Lord Binky, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 11:06am

    Why is it...

    Why is it you give people a list of passwords and say "DO NOT USE EVER" and your guaranteed to get some smart ass that immediately thinks "If everyone knows I'm not supposed to use it, then that means I should use it! BRILLIANT!" I’m sure there is a study where the size of the ego is proportional to the likelihood of the person coming to that “special” conclusion.

     

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    sehlat (profile), Feb 8th, 2012 @ 11:09am

    My bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha detector just exploded.

    Damn! Now I need to get a replacement!

     

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    Mr. Oizo, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 11:16am

    Grunt. Hmm, next time I'll be smarter

    54321

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 11:19am

    aaaaah!

    why didnt anyone tell me my ass was so big?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 11:21am

    You miss the point Mike, now Syria's president can use the hacking as an excuse to clamp down the Internet and his people's freedoms on the Internet even more!

    The hackers fell for Syria's trap!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 11:25am

    Re:

    Somehow I don't think he needs any excuses.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 11:34am

    If he is butchering his own people why would he need an excuse to destroy their freedom?

     

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    Endtimer (profile), Feb 8th, 2012 @ 11:50am

    $5 says the next time he gets hacked it'll be password1

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 12:00pm

    Re:

    Your on

    my $5 is on 123456

    also what currency are we using? American Dollars or Syrian Dollars?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 12:32pm

    He must have read the Sarah Palin Book on Secure passwords

     

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    Berenerd (profile), Feb 8th, 2012 @ 12:51pm

    So what you are saying is...

    I should change my secret password for my bank account...got it...


    13245

    Oops...wrong window...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 1:03pm

    In that case it wasn't really hacking... :P

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 1:17pm

    So what was in them?? Where's the text?

     

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    monkyyy, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 1:26pm

    Re: Re:

    nah he will be more sneaky "1234"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 1:26pm

    next 1 "54321"

     

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    Jay Fude (profile), Feb 8th, 2012 @ 2:01pm

    Damn

    Now I need to change the password on my luggage.

     

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    LOLOLOL, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 2:06pm

    Surely sir you mean "hunter2"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 2:08pm

    Re:

    Probably on pastebin

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 2:08pm

    Re:

    Probably on pastebin

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), Feb 8th, 2012 @ 2:33pm

    OK, so if I can't use 1-2-3-4-5 can I use 5-4-3-2-1????

    You know that someone out there will be thinking that. Perhaps not readers of this blog but someone will.

    I've had customers tell me their password is their address number, their dog's name, the same numbers they use on their debit and credit card accounts, their birthdays and their favourite of luckiest number. (No joke of a lie here one Chinese fella, new arrival, told me his password was 88888.)

    No matter how many times we tell people to use secure passwords they don't.

    I daresay most of us are guilty of it too.

     

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    anonymous, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 2:38pm

    .

    His new password is "password"

     

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    Common Sense, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 2:46pm

    Way to miss the obvious.

    "dumped a ton of emails online."

    WHERE? LINK?

    How do you even conceive of posting this story without the link?

     

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    Prashanth (profile), Feb 8th, 2012 @ 2:46pm

    All bets

    All bets are on for guessing the password of Dark Helmet (TechDirt commenter and writer)! I'm going to guess "qwerty" :P.

     

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    iamneopunk, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 2:56pm

    The source doesn't say his password was 12345

    Quote from the source:
    "Seventy eight inboxes of Assad staffers were compromised, according to the newspaper, including several that used the password "12345," one of the most-common but obviously least secure passwords possible."

    Nowhere's written that HIS password was 12345.

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 3:07pm

    Have Some Passwords ...

    ... courtesy of a generator of semi-pronounceable nonsense words I wrote a while back:

    moonaixiad
    leouoa
    hoyt
    hoespuyvbiou
    iuwheou
    iurdpuyaekh
    ruyrachquao
    aetuouaeiiad
    ga esoyhpoa
    choe
    sawchjuyn
    ghreylth

    (your comment-submission system is very slow today)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 3:12pm

    Re: Why is it...

    People who don't know the difference between "your" and "you're" shouldn't be judging the basic skills of others...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 3:25pm

    Re: Re: Why is it...

    he has it right...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 3:29pm

    I can just imagine the security briefing for this.

    "What's your password going to be? We need to protect national seecrets."

    "1, 2, 3, 4, 5."

    "...But sir, that's--"

    "ONE. TWO. THREE. FOUR. FIVE."

    "...." *Exasperated sigh*

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Feb 8th, 2012 @ 3:39pm

    Re: All bets

    No, he's a creative thinker. It's probably "asdfg"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 3:44pm

    ALL OF YOU FUCKING SUCKS AT MAKING COMMENTS, YOU ASSBAGS

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 3:59pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    nah, you have to have to have a password of at least 5 characters in syria.

    In Mother Russia, at least 5 characters must have you for password.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 4:31pm

    If I had to guess, its actually one of his secretaries who had the password. I doubt very much the president personally opens outlook and types '12345' every morning.

     

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    President Scroo, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 5:10pm

    THAT'S AMAZING!!

    That's the same combination I have on my luggage!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 5:20pm

    He's learned his lesson. Next time he'll make his password 123456.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2012 @ 6:07pm

    Re:

    Sorry, that came across as "*******", what did you actually mean to type?

     

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    Chargone (profile), Feb 8th, 2012 @ 6:19pm

    Re: Re: Re: Why is it...

    he uses 'your', ownership, for 'you're', contraction so... no. no he doesn't.
    not on the grammar thing anyway.

    his actual Point though, yes. quite correct, and 'snowflake with arrows' AC up there is being quite silly and obnoxious in linking this grammatical error to an inability to see and point out actual Stupidity.

     

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    Chargone (profile), Feb 8th, 2012 @ 6:20pm

    Re: Re:

    still a valid bit of 'stupid-logic' though.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 9th, 2012 @ 6:34am

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    Because anyone who thinks that's a good password would have a hard time counting that high?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 9th, 2012 @ 7:30am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Why is it...

    As a grammar Nazi myself, I think AC was right on target.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 9th, 2012 @ 9:26am

    Maybe he was a huge Mel Brooks fan.

     

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    Bob, Feb 9th, 2012 @ 2:22pm

    Kya bhasad hai

     

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    Just John (profile), Feb 10th, 2012 @ 1:04am

    Re: Grunt. Hmm, next time I'll be smarter

    I personally like to use password, then when it has that password: I can easily remember it.

     

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    Just John (profile), Feb 10th, 2012 @ 1:15am

    password of power

    So, next we should change our password to:
    1234567890qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm

    Why is it though I always get the message "This password is to long"....

    Honestly, the best way is to find 4 words 4+ letters in length, random with no direct subject links.

    I remember reviewing the stats, and a brute force attack on a basic 16 character password like this would take 56 years (approximately) to go through every combination. The whole upper case, lower case, number, special symbol is actually less secure at a length of 8 characters than a 16 character password of only lower case words.

    My home network password is 22 (6 words) characters long and my wifi access is 16 (4 words) characters long, and no matter how many brute force attacks I have had on my server (I once had a single IP address try for 2 days straight, resulting in 19 pages of logs before I noticed and permablocked the IP address), I have never had a breach.

     

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    Dave Kaufman - Techlife (profile), Jun 21st, 2012 @ 1:28pm

    Used this example...

    Just used the 12345 example in my syndicated column Techlife - How to Hide Your Password In Plain Sight - http://bit.ly/MlR3It

    Care to weigh in on if it's strong enough?

     

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    shimomura, Jul 5th, 2012 @ 4:11pm

    email password

    My team & I offer hacking services.We can hack/recover? any email id,FACEBOOK & website servers & grant our clients access..We always? provide proof before payment so you know you are not being ripped off.Send me a mail "shimomurat@yahoo.com".We try to reply every client ASAP & execute the project in the quickest time-frame possible

     

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    METE, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 2:34am

    5

     

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