Monday, February 26, 2007

Top 10 Admin Passwords to Avoid

In the end, it's all a big guessing game. You create passwords to protect your systems; hackers try to guess the password you created.

It's a game that's going on all the time. As we reported last week, researchers at the University of Maryland recently completed a study in which four live Linux servers were set out as bait to see how often they would be attacked. The study racked up 269,262 attempts in a 24-day period. (See Study: Two Hacks a Minute.)

During that time, 824 attempts were successful -- the attacker got the server's username and password. On average, that means that each of the servers was "cracked" almost 10 times a day. And these were relatively anonymous servers, sitting in a university data center and intentionally loaded with mundane, uninteresting data. We can only imagine what these attempt statistics might look like at, say, Bank of America or the U.S. Department of Defense.

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