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article imageHackers use weak passwords too

By Ryan Hite     Jun 10, 2014 in Internet
Hackers may seem like the kinds of people who are very well apt with securing their computers, but research shows that they actually are not.
Analysis by researchers at the anti-virus firm Avast revealed that hackers appear to be using weak passwords just like everyone else in the world. Using a sample of nearly 40,000 passwords collected from years of analyzing malware servers, Avast consultant Antonín Hýža found that only about 10 percent of passwords were "beyond normal capabilities of guessing or cracking." The rest provide some interesting stats around hackers password choices. Almost none of the unique passwords from the samples contained uppercase characters at all, despite warnings by security experts to use a mix of cases for their passwords.
Most use English and common phrases include variations of pass, root, and hax. The most frequently used word is hack, an appropriate phrase given the situation. The average password length was just six characters, and only about 52 passwords were longer than 12 characters. Hackers could be using simple passwords because they don’t fear being attacked by fellow hackers, or simply to avoid using real passwords for malware activities. Either way, hackers clearly are not as security conscious as one might assume.
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