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BLOG: Online Crooks (Unnecessarily) Get Smarter

Constantine von Hoffman | Jan. 9, 2013
The FBI says updates to two known scams show bad guys demonstrating totally unnecessary levels of diligence and creativity. In order to see exactly how unnecessary you need only look at the agency's list of 2012's most commonly-used passwords.

Further proof that these scam upgrades are unnecessary can also be found in the IC3 report. It is the list of 2012's most frequently used passwords:

#PasswordChange from 2011
1. password Unchanged
2. 123456 Unchanged
3. 12345678 Unchanged
4. abc123 Up 1
5. qwerty Down 1
6. monkey Unchanged
7. letmein Up 1
8. dragon Up 2
9. 111111 Up 3
10. baseball Up 1
11. iloveyou Up 2
12. trustno1 Down 3
13. 1234567 Down 6
14. sunshine Up 1
15. master Down 1
16. 123123 Up 4
17. welcome New
18. shadow Up 1
19. ashley Down 3
20. football Up 5
21. jesus New
22. michael Up 2
23. ninja New
24. mustang New
25. password1 New

The year's new entrants are Welcome, Jesus, Ninja, Mustang and the staggeringly stupid Password1.

As they say in Texas: "We keep giving them books and giving them books and they keep chewing on the covers."

Constantine von Hoffman writes CIO.com's IT Security Hack blog.

 

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