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Old 15th December 2010
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Default Gawker break-in: 123456 is a popular password

Why you should enforce strong passwords

While analysing the user data stolen from US blog operator Gawker, security experts from Duo Security have also cracked 400,000 of the approximately 1.3 million DES-encrypted passwords. The experts' analysis showed that 123456 was the most frequent password, being used more than 2,500 times. It was closely followed by password, which was chosen by almost 2,200 users. 12345678 was chosen by more than 1,200 users. Next in popularity were qwerty, abc123, 12345, monkey, 111111, consumer, letmein and 1234.
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