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Miley Cyrus Needs A Lecture on Cyber Security

Miley Cyrus Needs A Lecture on Cyber Security

The man, who is currently facing up to 121 years behind bars, has been charged with 26 counts of identity theft, wire-tapping and unauthorised access to protected computer.Chaney, who has been in contact with TMZ for the last two years, has contacted the gossip website with details on how he hacked into Miley Cyrus's Gmail account.

With celebrity phone hacker Christopher Chaney arrested, another hacker has reached out to TMZ to share how laughably easy it was for him to hack into Miley Cyrus‘ Gmail account. Here’s a lesson in the Internet, Miley: Don’t use the name of your best friend (which the Internet knows) as your security question.First he tracked down her Gmail name; though he doesn’t say what it is, I just did a quick Google search and came up with two possibilities through Yahoo! Answers already. Obviously that part won’t take long. When he tried to log in, he got a security question—the name of one of Miley’s girlfriends. All the hacker had to do was search which girl Miley’s been friends with the longest (could it have been Mandy, from their YouTube days?), and voila!

Someone needs to tell Miley that she should try to make her passwords harder to guess, maybe? Are you surprised that she used something so easy to access her account?

But Miley Cyrus is not the only one who uses friend's names, dog names and their own birthday date as security. This is not safe, even if you are not a celeb and have no nude pictures aboard. Try a bit of thinking. Instead of your best friend, name that little curly-haired girl you hated in kindergarten. For numbers, use the weight you wish you were. Or your SAT scores. Something memorable only to you!And for Miley Cyrus and Scarlett Johansson—better luck next time.

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