Cybercrime for dummies: cracking internet passwords is as easy as 123456

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 21/04/2019 20:27

Cybercriminals are using increasingly devious scams to con internet users into revealing precious online information. Yet millions of people have saved fraudsters the bother of deploying trickery and temptation by picking bizarrely simple passwords that feature on a new hotlist of online security howlers.

One of them, for example, is “password”.

Simply typing in the word has allowed fraudsters to gain access to a staggering 3.6m accounts worldwide, according to a comprehensive review by the National Cyber Security Centre.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/apr/21/cybercrime-hacking-internet-account-passwords

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