How Paris Hilton Got Hacked? Bad Password Protection

from the tinkerbell dept

This morning, in Good Morning Silicon Valley, John Paczkowski joked (I think) that he'd bet "$5 and a Swarovski-encrusted dunce cap says her password was Tinkerbell." He might be right. While T-Mobile still says they're trying to figure out how Paris Hilton's T-Mobile account got hacked, Brian McWilliams has it all figured out. Her password might not have been Tinkerbell (the well known name of her dog), but the secret question to get her password reset was: "What is your favorite pet's name?" Yup. It wasn't necessarily social engineering or a security hole or even real hacking (though, in some sense, it was a combination of all three). It was good, old fashioned, stupidity -- leaving the keys under the front door matt with a big sign that says "keys under the matt" next to it.

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    Precision Blogger, 23 Feb 2005 @ 6:59am

    Bruce Schneier wrote just recently about this secu

    Bingo! Bruce Schneier wrote just recently about how the backup question weakens password protection. He says when forced to supply a Q&A, he hitsrandom keys that he won't remember for the answer. See:
    http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2005/02/the_curse_of_th.html


    - The Precision Blogger
    http://precision-blogging.blogspot.com

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