'123456,' 'password,' 'blink182' and 'ashley' among world's most hacked passwords
Apr. 22–What the hack?
It comes as no surprise that “password” and “123456? are two of the most hacked passwords. But a new report found that “blink182,” “ashley,” “dragon” and “iloveyou” are also among the most common and most vulnerable passwords used worldwide.
The report, published Sunday by the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre, exposes gaps in online security and features a global password risk list with the 100,000 most commonly re-occurring passwords.
The findings are based on an analysis of millions of breached accounts. More than 23 million of them used “123456” as a password, the report found. “123456789? came in second with 7.7 million accounts, “qwerty” was third with 3.8 million and “password” was fourth with 3.6 million.
Among the most common names used as passwords, “ashley” is the most popular choice, followed by “michael,” “daniel,” “jessica” and “charlie.” As for musicians and bands, “blink182” is the top choice, followed by “50cent,” “eminem,” “metallica” and “slipknot.” Among fictional characters, “superman” is the most common password.
Overall, eight of the 12 most popular passwords are easy-to-crack number combinations, such as “111111” and “123123.”
The cyber security agency, which published the report just days before its CYBERUK conference in Glasgow, warned that hackers typically use lists of common passwords when trying to breach an account. The agency urged people to follow simple steps to protect themselves from hackers, such as avoiding any of the 100,000 words on its list and using three random words as passwords.
“We shouldn’t make their lives easy so choosing a strong and separate password for your email account is a great practical step,” Margot James, digital and creative industries minister, said in a news release. “Cyber breaches can cause huge financial and emotional heartache through theft or loss of data which we should all endeavour to prevent.”
The report was published in partnership with Troy Hunt, an Australian cyber security expert who created “Have I Been Pwned?” a website that allows users to find out if their email has been compromised.
“Making good password choices is the single biggest control consumers have over their own personal security posture,” he said in the news release.
These are the 10 most commonly used passwords:
And here are the 10 name passwords:
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