Posts tagged: Data Breach

Jan 22 2014

’123456′ Declared Worst Internet Password of 2013

Worst Passwords 2013 The 2013 list of worst passwords, influenced by postings from the Adobe breach, demonstrates the importance of not basing passwords on the application or website being accessed.

SplashData has announced its annual list of the 25 most common passwords found on the Internet. For the first time since SplashData began compiling its annual list, “password” has lost its title as the most common and therefore Worst Password, and two-time runner-up “123456″ took the dubious honor. “Password” fell to #2.

According to SplashData, this year’s list was influenced by the large number of passwords from Adobe users posted online by security consulting firm Stricture Consulting Group following Adobe’s well publicized security breach.

“Seeing passwords like ‘adobe123′ and ‘photoshop’ on this list offers a good reminder not to base your password on the name of the website or application you are accessing,” says Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData.

SplashData’s list of frequently used passwords shows that many people continue to put themselves at risk by using weak, easily guessable passwords. Some other passwords in the Top Ten include “qwerty,” “abc123,” “111111,” and “iloveyou.”

“Another interesting aspect of this year’s list is that more short numerical passwords showed up even though websites are starting to enforce stronger password policies,” Slain said. For example, new to this year’s list are simple and easily guessable passwords like “1234″ at #16, “12345″ at #20, and “000000″ at #25.

Sources:
1] SplashData News – Worst Passwords of 2013
2] Stricture Group – Top 100 Adobe Passwords with Count

Aug 06 2011

AntiSec Releases Over 10GB of Private Police Files including Informants Details

Operation AntiSecA week after 70 law enforcement agencies were defaced and attacked in what was known as Fuck FBI Friday, Anonymous and LulzSec have released another massive amount of confidential data, this time targeted at US police officers in what they’re now calling Shooting Sherrifs Saturday.

Over 10GBs of information has been leaked including hundreds of private emails, password information, address and social security numbers, credit card numbers, informant details, police training files and more.

The group claims to be acting in solidarity with Topiary, a member of LulzSec who was apparently found to be in posession of 750,000 login credentials when arrested last week as well as with the Anonymous PayPal LOIC defendants whom Anonymous faithful claim should be considered as ‘political prisoners’. From the release ‘notes’:

“We stand in support of all those who struggle against the injustices of the state and capitalism using whatever tactics are most effective, even if that means breaking their laws in order to expose their corruption. You may bust a few of us, but we greatly outnumber you, and you can never stop us from continuing to destroy your systems and leak your data.”

“We have no sympathy for any of the officers or informants who may be endangered by the release of their personal information. For too long they have been using and abusing our personal information, spying on us, arresting us, beating us, and thinking that they can get away with oppressing us in secrecy. Well it’s retribution time: we want them to experience just a taste of the kind of misery and suffering they inflict upon us on an everyday basis. Let this serve as a warning to would-be snitches and pigs that your leaders can no longer protect you: give up and turn on your masters now before it’s too late.”

Source: Shooting Sheriffs Saturday | Official Release Statement

Jul 22 2011

Anonymous Won’t Publish Stolen NATO Documents

AntisecFollowing the arrest of 16 individuals in the U.S. and five in the U.K. and the Netherlands who are allegedly connected to the various cyber attacks organized by Anonymous, the hacktivist group continues its mission unabated.

According to the claims the group made on their Twitter account, they have managed to hack the servers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and exfiltrate around one GB of its restricted and confidential documents.

To prove the veracity of their assertions, they have also published two of those documents – one classified as “NATO Restricted” – but said that they would not publish the rest of them as it would be irresponsible of them. NATO has said that its security experts are investigating the group’s claims.

In the meantime, the LulzSec hackers have stated that they are currently working with certain media outlets who have been granted exclusive access to some of the News of the World emails the group got their hands on, even though Anonymous has previously stated that they would not release The Sun emails because they might compromise the ongoing court case against the news corporation.

Sabu, one of the members of LulzSec, has also shared that the News International emails just part of the data the group has in its posession.

Both groups have not commented on whether the individuals arrested at the beginning of the week had anything to do with them, except for saying that they show respect for the “fallen anons”.