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123456 Was the most common Hotmail password in phishing attack

By Matthew
Oct 9, 2009
  1. Earlier this week, over 30,000 email account names and passwords were anonymously posted on the Web. The credentials were compromised in an industry-wide phishing scheme that involved a slew of webmail services, including Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Comcast, and Earthlink. Bogdan Calin managed to snag the initial list of 10,028 accounts, and used it to generate some interesting -- though, unsurprising -- statistics.

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  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,815   +921

    123456, Now Can I Go Have Dinner....?

    As someone who has dealt with Verizon customer service in relation to accidental shut offs, failed alias re-points, and lost Email, as a password, "123456", is the quickest way to get off the phone with some imbecile in Pakistan named "Biff"!
     
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,356   +402

    It boggles the mind how careless people are with passwords. These same people are sure to lock their car doors or home doors every time they leave. But properly "lock" their computer apps with a decent password? Can't be bothered....
     
  4. z0k!

    z0k! TS Rookie Posts: 70

    i dont think verizon either has their operations or customer support based in Pakistan,and u sure aint gonna find any1 named "Biff"..hehe :)
     
  5. Reloader2

    Reloader2 TS Rookie Posts: 66

    People are stupid....
     
  6. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,167   +37

    Hmmmm, reminds me of Space Balls...
     
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,815   +921

    Perhaps it was India and his name was "Dante' ".

    And just FYI, Verizon DOES farm out certain parts of their internet customer service and sales tasks to Central Asian markets. I heard too many Indian/ Pakistani accents on the phone to ever be convinced otherwise.
     
  8. It's almost embarrassing how easy people make it for hackers these days. A simple tool like Deadbolt Password Generator means that remembering passwords is a thing of the past, and at least you won't have the same password for everything.
     
  9. z0k!

    z0k! TS Rookie Posts: 70

    oh sure..not just verizon but a lot of the companies do,no disputing that..there's a booming trend that has followed CS outsourcing to south asia...
    that reminded me a good ol youtube vid..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMt1ULYna4o
     
  10. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    No question about it - Verizon outsources. Their "business" line of services/products are supported in the US though.
     
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