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IDG Contributor Network: Make passwords easier, spy agency says

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    Complex passwords don’t “frustrate hackers,” all they do is make life “harder for users,” Claran Martin, the Director General of Cyber Security at the United Kingdom’s spy agency GCHQ says in a new guidance document published online (PDF).

    The advice contradicts previous GCHQ guidance that says that system owners should “adopt the approach that complex passwords are ‘stronger.’”

    GCHQ, or he Government Communications Headquarters, is the British equivalent of the National Security Agency (NSA).

    Amusingly, both agencies have been exposed recently as conducting widespread surveillance on their respective citizens. The more cynical might think there was secondary motive for this advice.

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