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Salted Hash: Phishing study reveals frightening password habits

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    LAS VEGAS - Passwords are a problem, and yet they're the primary means of authentication used when at work or at home. Recently, Salted Hash examined 126,357 passwords for accounts compromised during Phishing attacks in 2016. What we discovered was both sad and frustrating.

    The idea for this type of password study came about not too long after a vendor published a list of the "worst passwords" on the Web, which looked exactly like the list published the year before.

    When lists like this circulate, the same set of questions come to mind: What if these passwords were collected from sources where the user didn't care about the account? Do people really choose such horrific passwords? Instead of assuming the answer was a resounding yes, we wanted to examine some compromised records for ourselves.

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