Insider reviewed a sample of the leaked data and verified several records by matching known Facebook users' phone numbers with the IDs listed in the data set. We also verified records by testing email addresses from the data set in Facebook's password-reset feature, which can be used to partially reveal a user's phone number.
The Worst Passwords List is an annual list of the 25 most common passwords from each year as produced by internet security firm SplashData. Since 2011, the firm has published the list based on data examined from millions of passwords leaked in data breaches, mostly in North America and Western Europe, over each year. In the 2016 edition, the 25 most common passwords made up more than 10% of the surveyed passwords, with the most common password of 2016, "123456", making up 4%.
That's according to a new report from mobile security firm Lookout, which recently published a list of the 20 passwords most commonly found in leaked account information on the dark web. The list ranges from simple number and letter sequences like "123456" and "Qwerty" to easily typed phrases like "Iloveyou."
Those leaked emails often lead hackers directly to your passwords for other online accounts and identity theft, Lookout said. Here's the company's list of the 20 passwords most commonly found on the dark web, due to data breaches:
The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology also recommends screening your passwords against online lists of compromised passwords and using multifactor authentication, among other security tactics.
Meta has identified and listed hundreds of iOS and Android apps that threaten the cyber hygiene of approximately one million users. The company explained that these apps are designed to hoodwink users by appearing utilitarian when in reality, they have one purpose: to steal Facebook usernames and passwords.
The prudent thing would be to uninstall the app (listed hereOpens a new window ) and promptly change the password on Facebook and any other online app/service/platform where a similar password was used. Users should also turn on log-in alerts, and leverage 2FA using an Authenticator app since cellular-based 2FA using one-time passwords can be hijacked in SIM-swapping attacks.
SuperVPN, GeckoVPN, and ChatVPN Data Breach: A breach involving a number of widely used VPN companies led to 21 million users having their information leaked on the dark web, Full names, usernames, country names, billing details, email addresses, and randomly generated passwords strings were among the information available. Unfortunately, this is not the first time supposedly privacy-enhancing VPNs have made the headlines for a data breach.
In May 2016, a search engine for hacked data and a hacker obtained over 400 million records from MySpace. Both parties claimed that they had obtained the data from a past, unreported data security incident. The leaked information contained emails, passwords, usernames, and second passwords. The hacker tried to sell the information for $2,800 or 6 Bitcoin on the dark web.
Summary: Hackers stole the details of 617 million online accounts from 16 hacked websites, including Dubsmash, MyHeritage, Whitepages, Fotolog, BookMate, CoffeeMeetsBagel, HauteLook, and DataCamp. They then put the details on the dark web Dream Market cyber-souk for less than $20,000 in Bitcoin. Most of the leaked information consisted of email addresses, account-holder names, and hashed passwords that had to be cracked before they could be used.
Summary: The hacker who stole 617 million records from the 16 sites earlier in this list stole another 127 million from 8 more websites. They pulled data from websites that included Houzz, Ge.tt, Ixigo, YouNow, Roll20, Coinmama, Stronghold Kingdoms, and PetFlow. After gathering all the information, the hacker put up the hacked data for $14,500 in Bitcoin. Most of the stolen information consisted of email addresses, names, scrambled passwords, and other account and login data.
Summary: A misconfigured spambot leaked emails and passwords, leading to one of the biggest data breaches in recent years. Almost one email address for every person in Europe was leaked. The information became visible to the public because the spammers forgot to secure one of their servers. As a result, anyone could download the data without credentials.
Summary: Hackers obtained the personal information of up to 13 million subscribers of Maple Story, a popular online game by Nexon Korea Corp. The leaked data included resident registration numbers, user IDs, names, and passwords.
With Azure AD Password Protection, default global banned password lists are automatically applied to all users in an Azure AD tenant. To support your own business and security needs, you can define entries in a custom banned password list. When users change or reset their passwords, these banned password lists are checked to enforce the use of strong passwords.
The Azure AD Identity Protection team constantly analyzes Azure AD security telemetry data looking for commonly used weak or compromised passwords. Specifically, the analysis looks for base terms that often are used as the basis for weak passwords. When weak terms are found, they're added to the global banned password list. The contents of the global banned password list aren't based on any external data source, but on the results of Azure AD security telemetry and analysis.
When a password is changed or reset for any user in an Azure AD tenant, the current version of the global banned password list is used to validate the strength of the password. This validation check results in stronger passwords for all Azure AD customers.
Cyber-criminals also use similar strategies in their attacks to identify common weak passwords and variations. To improve security, Microsoft doesn't publish the contents of the global banned password list.
To fully leverage the benefits of the custom banned password list, first understand how are passwords evaluated before you add terms to the custom banned list. This approach lets you efficiently detect and block large numbers of weak passwords and their variants.
Azure AD Password Protection efficiently blocks all known weak passwords likely to be used in password spray attacks. This protection is based on real-world security telemetry data from Azure AD to build the global banned password list.
Although the global banned list is small in comparison to some third-party bulk lists, it's sourced from real-world security telemetry on actual password spray attacks. This approach improves the overall security and effectiveness, and the password validation algorithm also uses smart fuzzy-matching techniques. As a result, Azure AD Password Protection efficiently detects and blocks millions of the most common weak passwords from being used in your enterprise.
Using the same password for more than one service may leave those accounts vulnerable to a credential-stuffing attack. If a service is breached and passwords are leaked, attackers may try the same credentials on other services to compromise additional accounts.
In the past year alone, billions of user passwords, logins, and other pieces of personal information have been stolen and leaked in data breaches. Malicious hackers break into databases and steal information to either use in scams or sell on the Dark Web.
Whereas brute-force attacks attempt every possible combination by changing one character at a time, dictionary attacks rely on preset lists of words and known passwords that people tend to use. Hackers hit TransUnion South Africa servers with a dictionary attack in March 2022 before demanding $15 million in cryptocurrency [*].
The overall password trends analyzed from worldwide users match up pretty well with this list, making the most used passwords in the world extremely prone to dictionary attacks. Those users in the US and Spain with these passwords are also extremely susceptible to hacks.
In Fall 2018, TechCrunch reported that Chegg confirmed a data breach affecting nearly 40 million customers, where hackers gained access to an internal database containing user emails and passwords. Earlier this year, a link was posted to numerous Berkeley-related websites (Reddit, Facebook Pages) containing a file of 35,000 UC Berkeley emails and passwords, reportedly sourced from the Chegg breach. In an effort to analyze the habits of UC Berkeley students through the lens of password security, I downloaded, anonymized, and analyzed the list of passwords.
Even with the massive increase, the list of passwords using 8 to 12 plain characters with 99,246,106,575,066,880 words still takes about 99 million seconds (1.6 million minutes, 27 thousand hours, or 1148 days). And this is without taking into account any security measures that may be in place or even network delays.
Security recommendations will be listed in order of priority. At the top will be passwords that have been exposed, and at the bottom will be passwords iPhone views as weak or ones that have been reused, and you should consider strengthening.
In early 2018, Troy Hunt launched Pwned Passwords, a service that lets you see if your passwords have been leaked online. His database now has more than 500 million passwords that have been collected from various website breaches. Many of these credentials will have also been published or sold by attackers on the dark web. 2b1af7f3a8