The Wages of Password Re-Use: Your Money or Your Life

Krebs on Security

When normal computer users fall into the nasty habit of recycling passwords, the result is most often some type of financial loss. Our passwords can say a lot about us, and much of what they have to say is unflattering. POOR PASSWORDS AS GOOD OPSEC?

Click Studios Hacked, Exposing Users' Passwords

Data Breach Today

Malware Installed in Update Mechanism Enabled Data Exfiltration Attackers implanted malware into Click Studios' Passwordstate password manager update process, potentially exposing 29,000 users to exfiltration of passwords and other data, the company reports

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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.”

Fintech Startup Offers $500 for Payroll Passwords

Krebs on Security

One financial startup that’s targeting the gig worker market is offering up to $500 to anyone willing to hand over the payroll account username and password given to them by their employer, plus a regular payment for each month afterwards in which those credentials still work.

Ubiquiti: Change Your Password, Enable 2FA

Krebs on Security

Ubiquiti , a major vendor of cloud-enabled Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as routers, network video recorders, security cameras and access control systems, is urging customers to change their passwords and enable multi-factor authentication. Change your password.

Nihilistic Password Security Questions

Schneier on Security

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

Death to 'Fluffy': Please Stop With the Pet Name Passwords

Data Breach Today

Pets, Sports Teams, Notable Dates and Family Member Names Predominate, Experts Warn Loving your pet and creating tough-to-crack passwords should remain two distinctly separate activities.

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? Pwned Passwords Have I Been Pwned

Password Manager Suffers 'Supply Chain' Attack

Dark Reading

A software update to Click Studios' Passwordstate password manager contained malware

Password Changing After a Breach

Schneier on Security

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

Eliminate the Password, Eliminate the Password Problem.

The Security Ledger

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.

CISA Warns of Password Leak on Vulnerable Fortinet VPNs

Data Breach Today

Agency Says Hackers Can Use a Known Bug for Further Exploitation CISA is warning about a possible password leak that could affect vulnerable Fortinet VPNs and lead to further exploitation.

Dashlane vs. LastPass: Business Password Manager Comparison

eSecurity Planet

Dashlane and LastPass are two of the biggest names in password management software. They both provide businesses secure vaults for sensitive information, including passwords, credit card details, and personal identification numbers. The mobile app is the best password manager app, too.

Study: Breach Victims Rarely Change Passwords

Data Breach Today

The Edge Pro Quote: Password Empowerment

Dark Reading

Despite being a pain in the neck, passwords may hold a psychological purpose that security pros should take into account

Half a Million IoT Passwords Leaked

Schneier on Security

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

Cracking Forgotten Passwords

Schneier on Security

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.

Password Manager Weaknesses Revealed

Data Breach Today

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

Schneier on Security

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

Data Breach Today

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

‘War Dialing’ Tool Exposes Zoom’s Password Problems

Krebs on Security

But without the protection of a password, there’s a decent chance your next Zoom meeting could be “Zoom bombed” — attended or disrupted by someone who doesn’t belong. zWarDial, an automated tool for finding non-password protected Zoom meetings.

Progress Report: FIDO's Effort to Eliminate Passwords

Data Breach Today

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

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.

Half a Million IoT Device Passwords Published

Schneier on Security

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.

Dashlane vs. 1Password: Compare Top Password Managers for 2021

eSecurity Planet

Dashlane and 1Password are two of our top picks for password managers in 2021. They offer many similar features, including password generation, automatic form-filling, password analysis, and dark web monitoring. Choosing the right password manager.

Default Password for GPS Trackers

Schneier on Security

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.

Why Are We So Stupid About RDP Passwords?

Data Breach Today

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

Spotify Changes Passwords After Another Data Breach

Threatpost

Breach Cloud Security Web Security breach Credential stuffing data exposure Passwords security bug Spotify Spotify breach User dataThis is the third breach in the past few weeks for the world’s most popular streaming service.

Tricky Phish Angles for Persistence, Not Passwords

Krebs on Security

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.

Facebook Password, Email Contact Mishandling Worsens

Data Breach Today

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

Intern caused ‘solarwinds123’ password leak, former SolarWinds CEO says

Security Affairs

Top executives of the software firm SolarWinds blamed an intern for having used a weak password for several years, exposing the company to hack. Then realized their password was **123 #FireEye #SolarWinds pic.twitter.com/foGzEOdytG — Vinoth Kumar (@vinodsparrow) December 14, 2020.

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.

4 Key Considerations for Employee Password Hardening & Compromised Password Monitoring

Data Breach Today

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

Retailer Orvis.com Leaked Hundreds of Internal Passwords on Pastebin

Krebs on Security

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.

Enhancing Pwned Passwords Privacy with Padding

Troy Hunt

Since launching version 2 of Pwned Passwords with the k-anonymity model just over 2 years ago now, the thing has really gone nuts (read that blog post for background otherwise nothing from here on will make much sense). Have I Been Pwned Pwned Passwords

11 Reasons Why You Sorta Love Passwords

Dark Reading

We asked you to tell the truth about why you secretly love passwords. From the heartfelt to the hilarious, here's what you had to say

Updated FTCODE Ransomware Now Steals Credentials, Passwords

Data Breach Today

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.

Best Password Management Software & Tools

eSecurity Planet

This creates a lot of opportunities for hackers to gain access to company resources because users often reuse passwords or mirror patterns in creating them. Password manager tools allow organizations and their employees to seamlessly and securely handle login credentials.

Tom Jermoluk on 'The End of Passwords'

Data Breach Today

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."

War Declared on Default Passwords

Data Breach Today

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.