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These Top 30 Ashley Madison Passwords are just as Terrible as You'd Think

These Top 30 Ashley Madison Passwords are just as Terrible as You'd Think

September 12, 2015Khyati Jain
Yes, you heard it correct! First the Password Cracking Team 'CynoSure Prime'  cracked more than 11 Million Ashley Madison’s passwords in just 10 days ( quite an achievement, though ), now a member of the team shares the same list of passwords with few calculations. The calculations are... ... What passwords are mostly used and by how many users? Terrible? Out of 11 million passwords, only 4.6 million passwords were unique, and the rest were such weak and horrible ones that one could even think. ArsTechnica to whom CynoSure Prime updated the news published the calculations and say that this is expected to change as they still left with 3.7 million passwords to decrypt. While going through the list of password, top 5 used were: 123456 by 120511 users 12345 by 48452 users password by 39448 users DEFAULT by 34275 users 123456789 by 26620 users for more s ee the list of passwords in above image. AND, Even a 5th grader can literally guess th
Android Device Manager allows user to Lock, Wipe and Locate device remotely

Android Device Manager allows user to Lock, Wipe and Locate device remotely

September 24, 2013Mohit Kumar
If you lose your device, Google lets you secure it instantly from afar through Android Device Manager, that let you locate and remotely wipe your phones and tablets. The latest update to Android Device Manager enables remote password locking, overrides the built-in Pattern, PIN code, Face unlock or password-based security, making sure your data doesn’t fall into wrong hands. To get started, go to google.com/android/devicemanager on your computer and go through your list of devices that are connected to your Google account. I tried the process with my Samsung Galaxy S4, and it worked like a charm. Google’s new feature is a very useful one for those who don’t have a lock on their phone and want to make sure their data is protected. A lock request will immediately secure any device connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular network, even if it's actively being used. If a thief has turned off a phone or enabled Airplane Mode, the lock will take effect as soon as a data co
Hacking Facebook to delete any account; Facebook again refuses to pay Bounty

Hacking Facebook to delete any account; Facebook again refuses to pay Bounty

September 05, 2013Mohit Kumar
In the past few days, Facebook refused to pay bounty to Khalil Shreateh , the security researcher who used the bug he discovered to post directly on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ’s Timeline after Facebook Security rejected his attempts to report it. Ehraz Ahmed, an independent Security Researcher claimed that he reported a critical vulnerability to the Facebook Security team, which allows the attacker to delete any account from Facebook. But Facebook refuses to Pay Bug Bounty , because he tested flaw once on his friend's account, " I reported this bug to Facebook, I'm really not happy with them. After waiting for such a long time for their reply, they denied it saying that you used this bug only works for test accounts, where as I used it for removing real accounts and now the vulnerability is also fixed after their email." he said on his blog . Video Demonstration of Exploit: Vulnerable  URL : https://www.facebook.com/ajax/whitehat/delete_
German Video Game 'Crytek' Websites go offline after Security Breach

German Video Game 'Crytek' Websites go offline after Security Breach

August 05, 2013Wang Wei
It seems that German Video Game company 'Crytek' has been the latest victim of hacking attacks on its website and few forums, and caused Crytek's family of websites to go offline. According to the company, " Our Crytek.com, Mycryengine.com, Crydev.net and MyCrysis.com sites were all subject to a security breach that may have resulted in some users' login data being compromised ,". Strangely, Crysis.com has not been taken down and is still running as normal. " We recently became aware of suspicious activity relating to some of Crytek's websites and acted quickly to take those websites offline for security reasons. We thank you for your patience, and expect to have these sites fully operational soon ." " Although it is uncertain whether the incident led to the copying and decryption of email addresses and passwords ", it continued, " it is possible that users with accounts on these websites have had personal data copi
Server Misconfiguration discloses passwords of all Barracuda Network Employees

Server Misconfiguration discloses passwords of all Barracuda Network Employees

July 25, 2013Anonymous
Security expert Ebrahim Hegazy has found a Password disclosure vulnerability in Barracuda update servers which allows to gain access to employee credentials. The Egyptian information security advisor Ebrahim Hegazy( @Zigoo0 ) has found a Password disclosure vulnerability in one of Barracuda update servers which allows the attackers to gain access to all its employee data. When the system administrator needs to protect a directory with a second authentication layer (basic authentication ) besides the back-end authentication, he can do it with multiple methods, one of that methods is through the configuration of .htaccess and .htpasswd files. A proper configuration could prevent a visitor to surf reserved area (e.g /Cpanel or /admin), in this scenario a popup proposes to the user asking to enter authentication credentials, that credentials are saved inside .htpasswd file as: Username:Password In normal scenarios the .htpasswd file should be stored outside the we
Apple’s Developer Center Offline for 32 Hours; Compromised ?

Apple’s Developer Center Offline for 32 Hours; Compromised ?

July 21, 2013Mohit Kumar
It’s been over a day now since Apple ’s online Dev Center went offline, and latest message can be seen in the screenshot, which explains that the current maintenance has took a lot longer than they expected. " We apologize that maintenance is taking longer than expected. If your program membership was set to expire during this period, it has been extended and your app will remain on the App Store. If you have any other concerns about your account, please contact us. Thank you for your patience. " message said. Since that time, developers have been unable to access the site and cannot visit the forums or download Mac or iOS SDKs, the iOS 7 beta, or the Mavericks beta. It was first seemed like Apple having some backend issues but according to tweets from many developers, they have received a message from Apple that an attempt was made to reset their user ID’s password . Such notices pointing that Apple’s Developer Center website may have been compromised. But if it is a sec
Another Facebook hack exposes primary email address facebook users

Another Facebook hack exposes primary email address facebook users

July 21, 2013Mohit Kumar
Last week we explained a critical vulnerability in Facebook that discloses the primary email address of facebook user. Later the bug was patched by Facebook Security Team. Today another similar interesting Facebook hack disclosed by another bug hunter, Roy Castillo. On his blog he explained a new facebook hack method that allows anyone to grab primary emails addresses of billions of Facebook users easily. Facebook Provides a App Dashboard for creating and managing your Facebook apps, with a range of tools to help you configure, build and debug your Facebook apps. The flaw exists in App settings, where application admin can add developer's profile also, but if the user is not a verified user, a error messages on page will disclose his primary email address. Using following mentioned steps, one was able to grab email addresses of all facebook users: Collect profile links of all facebook users from Facebook People Directory i.e http://www.facebook.com/directo
Hacking Google account through Locked Android Devices

Hacking Google account through Locked Android Devices

July 19, 2013Mohit Kumar
Google being one of the top web based service provider, has huge number of Internet users availing the free and paid services for their day-to-day personal and/or professional needs. Many of them have configured their mobile phone number for their account password recovery options. Certainly, when comes the mobility, many of these users prefer Google’s android based smart phones and tablets to access these services anytime, anywhere. In case of issues in accessing GMAIL services, user is been provided with the option to reset the account password by simply asking Google to send a verification code on the pre-registered mobile number. On the other hand, Android (mobile operating system from Google) based devices are bundled with security features to keep the privacy of user data/information intact. The user can opt to set the security level from none to Password (High), this ensures that, to access the mobile device and information within it, the user needs to pass through
Twitter added DMARC support to prevent email phishing

Twitter added DMARC support to prevent email phishing

February 22, 2013Mohit Kumar
Twitter announced via its blog today that it has begun using a new method called Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC) to help prevent email phishing. DMARC is actually a standard for preventing email spoofing, in order to make it harder for attackers to send phishing emails that appear to come from twitter.com addresses. Sometimes it’s not easy to figure out if an email is legitimate or not. It implementing the SPF (Sender Policy Framework) and DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail) email message validation and authentication systems. Twitter says it started using the DMARC earlier this month. While the DMARC specification does need support from e-mail services, outfits including AOL, Gmail, Hotmail or Outlook and Yahoo already make use of it. It has also been implemented by services like Facebook, PayPal, Amazon and now Twitter. If you don’t use Gmail or one of the other email providers listed above, you may not be protected. It might be
Hacking Facebook Passwords like changing your own Password

Hacking Facebook Passwords like changing your own Password

January 08, 2013Mohit Kumar
Hacker found a way to hack and change your password like, just he used to change his own password. Confused ? Recently Facebook fix a very critical vulnerability on the tip of ' Sow Ching Shiong ' , an independent vulnerability researcher. Flaw allows anyone to reset the password of any Facebook user without knowing his last password. At Facebook, there is an option for compromised accounts at " https://www.facebook.com/hacked " , where Facebook ask one to change his password for further protection. This compromised account recovery page, will redirect you to another page at " https://www.facebook.com/checkpoint/checkpointme?f=[userid]&r=web_hacked " . Researcher notice that the URL of the page having a parameter called "f" which represents your user ID and replacing the user ID with victim's user ID allow him to get into next page where attacker can reset the password of victim without knowing his last password. The  Vulnera
Worst password of 2012, Have you ever used one of these ?

Worst password of 2012, Have you ever used one of these ?

October 24, 2012Mohit Kumar
This year we have seen some big Security breaches that expose millions of passwords like Yahoo! , LinkedIn , eHarmony and Last.fm , among others , SplashData Reveals Its Annual " 25 Worst Passwords of the Year " List. The three worst passwords haven't changed since 2011; they're password, 123456 and 12345678. The new worst passwords added to this year's list include welcome, jesus, ninja, mustang and password1. Have you ever used one of the most popular passwords of 2012 for your own personal accounts? SplashData CEO Morgan Slain stated “ At this time of year, people enjoy focusing on scary costumes, movies and decorations, but those who have been through it can tell you how terrifying it is to have your identity stolen because of a hacked password .” “ We’re hoping that with more publicity about how risky it is to use weak passwords, more people will start taking simple steps to protect themselves by using stronger passwords and using different p
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