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  • votrubam
    ... Many such instances are a result of people having idiotically simple passwords. That s quite offensive to those who are then flooded with junk, because
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 14, 2011
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      > This is not the sender's fault ... looks like someone
      > else on the list was hacked.

      Many such instances are a result of people having idiotically simple passwords. That's quite offensive to those who are then flooded with junk, because the person who couldn't care less had them in their address book. Here's an earlier post about what garbage some people use as passwords:

      <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Slovak-World/message/28397>

      The most infamous instance in Slovakia was discovered a few years ago when "benevolent hackers" showed how easily you could gain administrative access to the country's top security agency's computers. The agency is called Narodny Bezpecnostny Urad Slovenskej Republiky. The password?

      nbusr123

      Below is a link to detailed estimates of how long it took to crack a password depending on its length and complexity two years ago. The times have been getting shorter, of course.


      Martin

      <http://www.lockdown.co.uk/?pg=combi>
    • Julie Michutka
      the newest issue of consumer reports has an article on this topic and tips for making strong passwords; most libraries carry the magazine. pls forgive the lack
      Message 2 of 2 , Dec 15, 2011
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        the newest issue of consumer reports has an article on this topic and tips for making strong passwords; most libraries carry the magazine.

        pls forgive the lack of caps.

        julie michutka
        jmm@...


        On Dec 15, 2011, at 12:34 AM, votrubam wrote:

        >> This is not the sender's fault ... looks like someone
        >> else on the list was hacked.
        >
        > Many such instances are a result of people having idiotically simple passwords. That's quite offensive to those who are then flooded with junk, because the person who couldn't care less had them in their address book. Here's an earlier post about what garbage some people use as passwords:
        >
        > <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Slovak-World/message/28397>
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