Nihilistic Password Security Questions

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Uncategorized humor passwords security questionsPosted three years ago, but definitely appropriate for the times.

Password Changing After a Breach

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This study shows that most people don't change their passwords after a breach, and if they do they change it to a weaker password. New passwords were on average 1.3× academicpapers breaches passwords

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Ukraine Nabs Suspect in 773M Password ?Megabreach?

Krebs on Security

In January 2019, dozens of media outlets raised the alarm about a new “megabreach” involving the release of some 773 million stolen usernames and passwords that was breathlessly labeled “the largest collection of stolen data in history.” Sanix became famous last year for posting to hacker forums that he was selling the 87GB password dump, labeled “ Collection #1. By far the most important passwords are those protecting our email inbox(es).

Half a Million IoT Passwords Leaked

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The hacker then tried using (1) factory-set default usernames and passwords, or (2) custom, but easy-to-guess password combinations. Default passwords? dataloss internetofthings leaks passwords

Eliminate the Password, Eliminate the Password Problem.

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Weak, stolen or reused passwords are the root of 8 in 10 data breaches. Fixing the data breach problem means abandoning passwords for something more secure. Episode 163: Cyber Risk has a Dunning-Kruger Problem Also: Bad Password Habits start at Home.

Progress Report: FIDO's Effort to Eliminate Passwords

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Andrew Shikiar Describes Alliance's Latest Initiatives and How to Overcome Barriers Andrew Shikiar, executive director at the FIDO Alliance, offers an update on the group's efforts to reduce reliance on passwords and discusses how to overcome barriers

Cracking Forgotten Passwords

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It's "useful for cracking passwords you kinda-remember." You tell the program what you remember about the password and it tries related passwords. I learned about it in this article about Phil Dougherty, who helps people recover lost cryptocurrency passwords (mostly Ethereum) for a cut of the recovered value. cryptocurrency passwordsExpandpass is a string expansion program.

Study: Breach Victims Rarely Change Passwords

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Researchers Call on Breached Companies to Revamp Notification Even after being notified that their personal data has been compromised in a breach, only about a third of users change their passwords - and most are not strong or unique, according to a study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, who call for changes in breach notification procedures

Password Manager Weaknesses Revealed

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The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report describes vulnerabilities found in popular password generator apps. Plus, the evolution of blockchain as a utility and a new decryptor for GandCrab ransomware

Risks of Password Managers

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Stuart Schechter writes about the security risks of using a password manager. It's a good piece, and nicely discusses the trade-offs around password managers: which one to choose, which passwords to store in it, and so on. My own Password Safe is mentioned. My particular choices about security and risk is to only store passwords on my computer -- not on my phone -- and not to put anything in the cloud. passwordsafe passwords riskassessment risks

4 Automated Password Policy Enforcers for NIST Password Guidelines

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Automate Screening of Exposed Passwords and Password Policy Enforcement Here are four automated password policy options we recommend for NIST compliance

Android Malware Bypasses 2FA And Targets Telegram, Gmail Passwords

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Hacks Malware Mobile Security Vulnerabilities Web Security 2FA Android malware infostealer Iranian threat group malware password stealer rampant kitten threat group Two Factor Authentication

Half a Million IoT Device Passwords Published

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It's a list of easy-to-guess passwords for IoT devices on the Internet as recently as last October and November. The hacker than tried using (1) factory-set default usernames and passwords, or (2) custom, but easy-to-guess password combinations.

Troy Hunt on Passwords

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Troy Hunt has a good essay about why passwords are here to stay, despite all their security problems: This is why passwords aren't going anywhere in the foreseeable future and why [insert thing here] isn't going to kill them. authentication biometrics passwords

Pwned Passwords, Version 6

Troy Hunt

Today, almost one year after the release of version 5 , I'm happy to release the 6th version of Pwned Passwords. The data set has increased from 555,278,657 known compromised passwords to a grand total of 572,611,621, up 17,332,964? For example, the old favourite "P@55w0rd" has gone from 2,929 occurrences to 3,069 so still a terrible password, just a little more terrible than what it was before. Pwned Passwords Have I Been Pwned

Default Password for GPS Trackers

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Many GPS trackers are shipped with the default password 123456. We just need to eliminate default passwords. gps passwords trackingMany users don't change them. This is an easy win.

Dell, Dunkin Donuts Reset Passwords After Incidents

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The Impacts of Both Incidents Appear to Be Limited Dell and Dunkin Donuts have both initiated password resets after experiencing separate security incidents aimed at gaining access to customer accounts.

Updated FTCODE Ransomware Now Steals Credentials, Passwords

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Revamped Malware Targets Browsers and Email Clients FTCODE, a ransomware strain that has been active since at least 2013, has recently been revamped to include new features, including the ability to steal credentials and passwords from web browsers and email clients, according to two research reports released this week.

Tom Jermoluk on 'The End of Passwords'

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Beyond Identity Co-Founder Discusses Mission, Timing of Latest Start-Up With $30 million in funding, Silicon Valley icons Jim Clark and Tom (TJ) Jermoluk launched Beyond Identity, a new identity management platform that promises "the end of passwords."

Password on Forum Page

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All, We have added a password to the forum page to curb spam. Your username and password to post on the forum is still the same. Contact us at igguru@protonmail.com for the password to the forum page. The post Password on Forum Page appeared first on IG GURU.

4 Key Considerations for Employee Password Hardening & Compromised Password Monitoring

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Traditional Methods to Thwart Successful Attacks are Becoming Less Effective The new method of weak and compromised continuous password monitoring can reduce user frustration and IT burden

Facebook Password, Email Contact Mishandling Worsens

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Millions of Instagram Users Affected by Plain-Text Password Storage Two security issues disclosed by Facebook over the past month are worse than first thought, adding to a harrowing series of data-handling mishaps by the social network. Millions of Instagram users had their plain-text passwords stored, and 1.5

Tricky Phish Angles for Persistence, Not Passwords

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Late last year saw the re-emergence of a nasty phishing tactic that allows the attacker to gain full access to a user’s data stored in the cloud without actually stealing the account password.

Why Are We So Stupid About RDP Passwords?

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Ransomware Gangs Keep Pwning Poorly Secured Remote Desktop Protocol Endpoints In honor of World Password Day, here's a task for every organization that uses remote desktop protocol: Ensure that all of your organization's internet-facing RDP ports have a password - and that it's complex and unique

War Declared on Default Passwords

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and California are trying to ensure that as many IoT devices as possible will be out-of-the-box secure, for starters by not shipping with default passwords Initiatives in UK and California Aim to Deep-Six Poor IoT Security Practices With at least 20 billion new consumer devices set to be internet-connected by 2020, initiatives in the U.K.

The Risk of Weak Online Banking Passwords

Krebs on Security

If you bank online and choose weak or re-used passwords, there’s a decent chance your account could be pilfered by cyberthieves — even if your bank offers multi-factor authentication as part of its login process. Crooks are constantly probing bank Web sites for customer accounts protected by weak or recycled passwords. A screenshot of a password-checking tool being used to target Chase Bank customers who re-use passwords from other sites.

Facebook Password, Email Contact Mishandling Deepens

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Millions of Instagram Users Affected by Plain-Text Password Storage Two security issues disclosed by Facebook over the past month are worse than first thought, adding to a harrowing series of data-handling mishaps by the social network. Millions of Instagram users had their plain-text passwords stored, and 1.5

Flipboard Resets Passwords After Database Intrusions

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Hashed and Salted Usernames and Passwords Exposed News aggregator Flipboard has initiated a systemwide password reset affecting as many as 150 million users following two database intrusions. Flipboard doesn't collect ID or financial information, but users could be at risk if they have reused their Flipboard password on other services

Retailer Orvis.com Leaked Hundreds of Internal Passwords on Pastebin

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Orvis , a Vermont-based retailer that specializes in high-end fly fishing equipment and other sporting goods, leaked hundreds of internal passwords on Pastebin.com for several weeks last month, exposing credentials the company used to manage everything from firewalls and routers to administrator accounts and database servers, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. Microsoft Active Directory accounts and passwords.

We Didn't Encrypt Your Password, We Hashed It. Here's What That Means:

Troy Hunt

The organisation involved may have contacted you and advised your password was exposed but fortunately, they encrypted it. Ah, yes, but it wasn't encrypted it was hashed and therein lies a key difference: Saying that passwords are “encrypted” over and over again doesn’t make it so.

Google Stored Unhashed G Suite Passwords for Years

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Passwords Remained Encrypted for Enterprise Users Google is notifying administrators and users of its business-oriented G Suite product that the company had been storing unhashed passwords for years because of a flaw in the platform. The company believes no customer data was leaked and that all passwords remained encrypted

Sextortion Scam Wields Stolen Passwords, Demands Bitcoins

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Attackers Send a Leaked Password as 'Proof' Victim Was Hacked Scammers behind an ongoing "sextortion" campaign have been emailing a legitimate password - likely from a publicly leaked list - to victims with a threat to release a compromising video of the recipient unless they pay up in bitcoins, Barracuda Networks warns

DHS Urges Pulse Secure VPN Users To Update Passwords

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The DHS urged organizations to update their passwords and make sure that a critical Pulse Secure VPN flaw has been patched, as attackers continue to exploit the flaw. Hacks Vulnerabilities CISA credential password critical flaw DHS Password pulse secure pulse secure VPN

Report: Facebook Stored Millions of Passwords in Plaintext

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Facebook Under Fresh Scrutiny Over How It Stored User Passwords Facebook has corrected an internal security issue that allowed the company to store millions of user passwords in plaintext that were then available to employees through an internal search tool

Password Managers Leave Crumbs in Memory, Researchers Warn

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Popular Password Managers for Windows Fail to Tidy Up Before Locking Up Shop A security audit of popular password manager has revealed some concerning weaknesses. But the research shows that some password managers need to more thoroughly scrub data left in memory Luckily, none of the problems are showstoppers that should put people off using such applications.

Pwned Passwords, Version 5

Troy Hunt

Almost 2 years ago to the day, I wrote about Passwords Evolved: Authentication Guidance for the Modern Era. Shortly after that blog post I launched Pwned Passwords with 306M passwords from previous breach corpuses. I made the data downloadable and also made it searchable via an API, except there are obvious issues with enabling someone to send passwords to me even if they're hashed as they were in that first instance. 3,768,890 passwords.

Why Was Equifax So Stupid About Passwords?

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Massive Credit Bureau Stored Users' Plaintext Passwords in Testing Environment Massive, well-resourced companies are still using live customer data - including their plaintext passwords - in testing environments, violating not just good development practices but also privacy laws.

Gamifying Password Training Shows Security Benefits

Dark Reading

When picking passwords, users often fall back on certain insecure patterns, but good habits can be learned using simple games, a group of researchers find

Cracking the Passwords of Early Internet Pioneers

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Weakest of all was the password for Unix contributor Brian W. None of the passwords included the quotation marks.). I don't remember any of my early passwords, but they probably weren't much better. historyofcomputing historyofsecurity passwordsLots of them weren't very good : BSD co-inventor Dennis Ritchie, for instance, used "dmac" (his middle name was MacAlistair); Stephen R.

ThreatList: People Know Reusing Passwords Is Dumb, But Still Do It

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Even seeing data breaches in the news, more than half of consumers are still reusing passwords. Most Recent ThreatLists Web Security data breach Password password reuse Security web visitor