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Ashley Madison hack unveils world's worst passwords

'123456' still one of the most commonly used passwords in the world as Ashley Madison data unveils world's worst
By: Chris Smith | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 3:02 am

With hype of the Ashley Madison hack compromising approximately 37 million account going mostly quiet, news has just surfaced on ZDNet showing some of the world's worst passwords in use.




Unearthed by CynoSure Prime, these originally-cryptographically scrambled passwords were decoded through a single-computer process taking only a few hours, meaning analysts were able to look into similarities between accounts. This uncovered the unsurprising fact that '123456' was one of the most commonly-used passwords, used a total of 120,511 times.


Other culprits include 'f**ckme' and 'f**ckyou' both sitting just under 8,000 each, while the unimaginative password 'ashleymadison' saw use 6,213 times in total. We've talked about trends in terrible passwords before and it seems that '123456' may be in the number one spot until the end of time.


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