Top 10 most popular passwords

Pony is the name of a ‘botnet controller’ which has been circulating around the computers of unaware users for some time now. The malicious software has been using a keylogger to collect just under 2 million account passwords, mostly to social networking accounts, with over 300,000 Facebook login credentials being compromised. A keylogger is a type of virus which records the keys you press on your computer’s keyboard and sends it to a server, usually so someone can access your online accounts.

The data collected by Pony has been traced to the Netherlands by Trustwave’s SpiderLabs, a group of hackers who aim to improve poor online security, rather than exploit it.

Spiderlabs has analysed the data and released a list of the 10 most popular passwords, which is shown below in comparison to a similar list released in 2011.

It has also stated that “Back in 2006 the top ten most common passwords comprised only 0.9% of the total count. Today, in 2013, they add up to 2.4%”, which is alarming considering how much more people rely on the internet today.
 

Top 10 passwords of 2013    

Top 10 passwords of 2011    

12345

password

123456789

123456

1234

12345678

password

qwerty

12345

abc123

12345678

monkey

admin

1234567

123

letmein

1

trustno1

1234567

dragon

The attack was aimed primarily at internet users based in the Netherlands, but like most viruses it has crept further out into the web and spread to over 90 countries. There isn’t much cause for concern, but if you’re worried you should have a read of our top five tips for staying safe online.

The full report is available on Spiderlab’s blog.

So, what are your online passwords? (Just kidding, but if you have been using a password found on the top ten list, it might be time to change.)

Written by ryanbo



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