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Bay Area Tech company hacked due to “horrible passwords”

The Bay Area may be a hotbed of tech innovation, but that doesn’t mean the passwords are.

According to SFGate, Bay Area-based AMD has suffered a major data breach from an infamous hacker organization.

And it’s due in part to some pretty horrendous password management.

SFGate quotes the tech company’s statement:

“On June 27, we became aware that a cybercriminal organization by the name of RansomHouse claimed to be in possession of data stolen from AMD”

The group responsible claims to have obtained financial data from the company, but those claims have not been confirmed by AMD.

But still, this is probably for the best.

The company is probably not going to want to confirm something so embarrassing.

Tech employees used “simple passwords”

The passwords employees allegedly used were as simple as “password” “12345” and “Welcome1”

Yes, like the infamous joke from the 1987 Mel Brooks comedy Spaceballs.

RansomHouse, the infamous hacker group who breached AMD’s security, confirmed poor password management made their job easy.

While the group claims they’re not in the business of “ransoming” data, they often “extort” money from the companies they breach.

TechCrunch notes that this is the same hacker group who attacked Canada’s SLGA agency, and a grocer in Africa.

SFGate quotes the group’s statement on the breach:

“An era of high-end technology, progress and top security… there’s so much in these words for the crowds. But it seems those are still just beautiful words when even technology giants like AMD use simple passwords to protect their networks from intrusion”

Still, there are concerns the group will strike again soon.

Is your password safe?

According to Cybernews, who analyzed some 15 billion passwords from several data leaks over the years, only 2 billion of those were considered “unique.”

From their website:

“Despite security experts recommending using strong and unique passwords, along with two-factor authentication and password managers for more security, people continue using the weak codes that even a beginner cybercriminal could hack in a couple of moments.”

The most common passwords are:

  1. 123456
  2. 123456789
  3. qwerty
  4. password
  5. 12345
  6. qwerty123
  7. 1q2w3e
  8. 12345678
  9. 111111
  10. 1234567890

Creating a unique password is often difficult.

It’s often best-practice to avoid things like names, years, cities, or sports teams, and recommend using password managers.

This will help create strings that are impossible to remember.

Interestingly enough, CyberNews notes approximately 7% of passwords contain curse-words.


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