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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Lord Binky says:

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.

TtfnJohn (profile) says:

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.

Just John (profile) says:

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.

shimomura says:

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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