Hacking Weak Passwords

By: Absolute Team | 4/8/2010

John Pozadzides has put together a great post about how he'd hack weak passwords, particularly passwords that could unlock one, or all, of the logins you use online. He put together this list so that you can understand how a hacker would approach cracking your password - and how you can prevent yourself from being the next target!

John's top 10 list of password attempts are:

  1. Your partner, child, or pet's name, possibly followed by a 0 or 1 (because they're always making you use a number, aren't they?)
  2. The last 4 digits of your social security number
  3. 123 or 1234 or 123456
  4. "password"
  5. Your city, or college, football team name
  6. Date of birth – yours, your partner's or your child's
  7. "god"
  8. "letmein"
  9. "money"
  10. "love"

These password attempts will probably capture 20% of all internet users. His post continues with processes that would help him grab the rest of them - things like hacking online forums where you probably use the same password you do for your bank - but who are easier to hack, of course, than a bank! I bet that's not something you considered when you used the same password.

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