For the second year in a row, “123456” was the top password found in data dumps in 2017 despite the numerous warning of using strong passwords.
For the second year in a row, “123456” was the top password among the millions of cleartext passwords exposed online due to the numerous data breaches suffered by organizations and private firms.
The list was published by researchers at SplashData who analyzed more than five million user records containing passwords that were leaked online in 2017.
“Use of any of the passwords on this list would put users at grave risk for identity theft,” said a SplashData spokesperson in a press release.
The list of Top 100 Worst Passwords of 2017 is embarrassing, it includes a huge number of sports terms (football, baseball, soccer, hockey, Lakers, jordan23, golfer, Rangers, Yankees) and car brands (Corvette, Ferrari, Harley, Mercedes).
Users continue to use common names as their passwords, names like of Robert (#31), Matthew (#32), Jordan (#33), Daniel (#35) and many others continue to be widely used.
Top passwords are the basic components of lists used by hackers in brute force attacks based on dictionaries. Attackers will use the Top password list also to create common variations on these words using simple algorithms, for example by adding a digit or any other character combinations at the start or end of words.
Despite the numerous report published by the experts, users continue to adopt weak passwords and tend to reuse them to access several web services.
Let me close the post with the list of the Top 10 passwords extracted from the SplashData report.
1 – 123456 (rank unchanged since 2016 list)
2 – password (unchanged)
3 – 12345678 (up 1)
4 – qwerty (Up 2)
5 – 12345 (Down 2)
6 – 123456789 (New)
7 – letmein (New)
8 – 1234567 (Unchanged)
9 – football (Down 4)
10 – iloveyou (New)
(Security Affairs – Top password, data breaches)