A recent hack of RockYou.com made 32 million user passwords available to the public. A security firm analyzed the passwords and found that for the most part, they are easy to guess. About a third of the passwords are less than 6 characters, and half use common words that could be easily hacked using a dictionary attack. The most common password on the system was 123456. The research has caused concern over people’s ability to use strong effective passwords to protect their own accounts and network infrastructures.
32 million passwords show most users careless about security [Ars Technica]