Password? No Barrier for a Hacker.
No matter how carefully thought out your password, no matter how complex it is, if you type it on a keyboard, (irrespective of language or symbol), as we all must do, it is no challenge to a hacker.
Yet another major website ( LivingSocial.com ) falls prey to a hacking attack. What was the treasure hackers were after? What is the bounty they lust after?
Well, approximately 50 million email addresses and passwords for starters.
In a USA Today interview, C.E.O. Tim O'Shaughnessy stated: "We recently experienced a cyber-attack on our computer systems that resulted in unauthorized access to some customer data from our servers. We are actively working with law enforcement to investigate this issue,". He went on to say "Although your LivingSocial password would be difficult to decode, we want to take every precaution to ensure that your account is secure, so we are expiring your old password and requesting that you create a new one."
What an understatement. The fact is, passwords are becoming totally useless for several reasons. which I will outline here, but first, it's important to know HOW hackers get your password in the first place. The vast majority of the public don't have a clue what is really happening out there.
Sit down and buckle up, let's go.
The age old art of cracking passwords has advanced capabilities so much so in the last 5 years, than it did in several decades combined. This is due to two reasons:
#1. The average person uses weak passwords, and re-uses them on multiple different sites, so if one site is compromised, down come the house of cards.
With each major security breach over the years, over 100 Million real-world passwords have provided hackers (more accurately called CRACKERS) with an immense database of compiled data, giving them a broad picture about password behavior. This compiled information allows CRACKERS to program sophisticated software to crunch through algorithms and immense amounts of data, which leads to reason:Continued on the next page