Saturday, January 30, 2010

Media has more stories on password security; problem at "Rock You"

Ashlee Vance ran a story about password security in the Jan. 20, 2010 New York Times, “If Your Password is 123456, Just Make It Hack Me.” The story discusses weak passwords, and the difficulties many home users have in keeping track of many different passwords for different sites. The link for the story is here.

The story reports an incident where about 32 million passwords for social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace were stolen recently from a company named Rock You. The story recommends that users of these sites change their passwords, and use only the strongest passwords. Here is the Rock You statement on the problem, web URL (link).

In the Washington DC area there have been news stories about how some students at a Maryland high school (Churchill), by Michael Birnbaum and Jenna Johnson, link here.

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