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Squires
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Anonymous Hacks Syrian President; His Password Was 12345
      #898185 - Wed Feb 08 2012 09:24 PM

Time to change everyone's password to 54321.

If we're honest, many of us are likely guilty of using sub-par passwords. However, chances are, if we were hacked, no one but us would have to know about it. The same can't be said for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, who is facing public ridicule after his account was compromised.

It seems al-Assad recently became the target of web hactivist group Anonymous; the group managed to successfully hack into his email account this week. That said, we imagine the job was something of a bore for Anonymous, which just last week revealed that it had managed to eavesdrop on a phone call between Scotland Yard and the FBI. After all, it can't have taken much hacking prowess to access an account protected with the world's second weakest password: 12345. To make matters worse, Anonymous was also able to access 78 accounts belonging to al-Assad's staff, with 33 of them using the same 12345 or 123456 passwords.

Forbes cites Israel's Haaretz newspaper in reporting that the attacked the mail server of the Syrian Ministry of Presidential Affairs overnight on Sunday. The breach has resulted in hundreds of emails from al-Assad and his staff being leaked. Among them was correspondence between Syrian UN Mission Sheherazad Jaafari and Assad's media advisor Bouthaina Shaaban discussing preparation for the president's interview with Barbara Walters.

Syria's no stranger to the attention of Anonymous at this point. In August of 2011, the group hacked the government's defence ministry. Just a few weeks later, they hacked into and vandalized several of the country's government websites. '

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Re: Anonymous Hacks Syrian President; His Password Was 12345 [Re: Squires]
      #898191 - Wed Feb 08 2012 10:13 PM



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Re: Anonymous Hacks Syrian President; His Password Was 12345 [Re: Squires]
      #898222 - Thu Feb 09 2012 07:24 AM

Doesn't surprise me.

Here I sometimes have to gain access to people computers when they are fired or whatever, and probably 3 out of 4 times I can guess their password without having to reset it first or log in through the backdoor admin access.

Heck about 1/4 of our people have their password on a post-a-note on their monitor.

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Re: Anonymous Hacks Syrian President; His Password Was 12345 [Re: FloridaFan]
      #898228 - Thu Feb 09 2012 08:18 AM

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Doesn't surprise me.

Here I sometimes have to gain access to people computers when they are fired or whatever, and probably 3 out of 4 times I can guess their password without having to reset it first or log in through the backdoor admin access.

Heck about 1/4 of our people have their password on a post-a-note on their monitor.




Geez,.. thats just scary

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Re: Anonymous Hacks Syrian President; His Password Was 12345 [Re: FloridaFan]
      #898231 - Thu Feb 09 2012 08:33 AM

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Heck about 1/4 of our people have their password on a post-a-note on their monitor.




I see this all the time... hilarious. Whats the point?

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Re: Anonymous Hacks Syrian President; His Password Was 12345 [Re: FloridaFan]
      #898232 - Thu Feb 09 2012 08:35 AM

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Heck about 1/4 of our people have their password on a post-a-note on their monitor.




or on a post-it note underneath their keyboard. lol.


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Re: Anonymous Hacks Syrian President; His Password Was 12345 [Re: Arps]
      #898235 - Thu Feb 09 2012 08:54 AM

Quote:

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Heck about 1/4 of our people have their password on a post-a-note on their monitor.




I see this all the time... hilarious. Whats the point?




Some might not care if someone in the company needs/wants to gain access to the computer but if someone hacks in from the outside obviously they can't see the post-it note on the computer screen.

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Re: Anonymous Hacks Syrian President; His Password Was 12345 [Re: FreeAgent]
      #898246 - Thu Feb 09 2012 10:19 AM

All of the places I've been, the people who need access have it and their own PC. The people that dont need access dont. Passwords taped to desks and monitors pretty much flush that all down the toilet.

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Re: Anonymous Hacks Syrian President; His Password Was 12345 [Re: Arps]
      #898248 - Thu Feb 09 2012 10:30 AM

i just did a count. at my place of employment, over 50% have their pet's name as their password.

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Re: Anonymous Hacks Syrian President; His Password Was 12345 [Re: Buckeyed11]
      #898250 - Thu Feb 09 2012 10:47 AM

No matter... if you can gain physical access to a machine, you can wipe any password in the time it takes to boot up.

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Re: Anonymous Hacks Syrian President; His Password Was 12345 [Re: PrplPplEater]
      #898307 - Thu Feb 09 2012 02:45 PM

I personally like the password pass123

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Re: Anonymous Hacks Syrian President; His Password Was 12345 [Re: brownsfansince79]
      #898370 - Thu Feb 09 2012 05:17 PM

My work email default password is password. Well, it was until I found out how to change it.

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Re: Anonymous Hacks Syrian President; His Password Was 12345 [Re: BrownsBabe]
      #898425 - Thu Feb 09 2012 08:32 PM

My passwords are all the same when they can....a 6 letter, misspelled word, a upper case number symbol, and 4 numbers.

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Re: Anonymous Hacks Syrian President; His Password Was 12345 [Re: Ballpeen]
      #898645 - Fri Feb 10 2012 01:34 PM

Reminds me of this Xkcd comic

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Re: Anonymous Hacks Syrian President; His Password Was 12345 [Re: Squires]
      #899275 - Sun Feb 12 2012 11:16 PM

Quote:

After all, it can't have taken much hacking prowess to access an account protected with the world's second weakest password: 12345.





So what's the weakest?

Since I don't know I probably use it.


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Re: Anonymous Hacks Syrian President; His Password Was 12345 [Re: ddubia]
      #899279 - Mon Feb 13 2012 12:00 AM

the most common password in the US is "password"

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Re: Anonymous Hacks Syrian President; His Password Was 12345 [Re: Lyuokdea]
      #899303 - Mon Feb 13 2012 07:47 AM

Wow. Figures though, it's like outsmarting one's self. Nobody will expect Metcalf up the middle kind of thing.

I thought I had a strong password until I saw the cartoon Deisel linked to. I don't know if the math is really correct in that cartoon but it makes a world of sense.


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Re: Anonymous Hacks Syrian President; His Password Was 12345 [Re: ddubia]
      #899586 - Mon Feb 13 2012 11:54 PM

Quote:

Quote:

After all, it can't have taken much hacking prowess to access an account protected with the world's second weakest password: 12345.





So what's the weakest?

Since I don't know I probably use it.




Here's some data for you.

Common Passwords

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Re: Anonymous Hacks Syrian President; His Password Was 12345 [Re: ddubia]
      #899842 - Tue Feb 14 2012 08:11 PM

That's amazing. I have the same combination on my luggage!

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Re: Anonymous Hacks Syrian President; His Password Was 12345 [Re: Dawgpound017]
      #899854 - Tue Feb 14 2012 08:37 PM

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That's amazing. I have the same combination on my luggage!






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Re: Anonymous Hacks Syrian President; His Password Was 12345 [Re: BrownsBabe]
      #900861 - Sat Feb 18 2012 03:04 PM

Quote:

Quote:

That's amazing. I have the same combination on my luggage!











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