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Bad passwords open new can of worms

A spike in Internet traffic caused by a worm over the weekend can be largely blamed on bad passwords and poor security practices, security experts said on Monday. The Deloder worm, which spreads by communicating with Windows computers that have file sharing enabled, may have spread to perhaps as many as 10,000 systems using a list of 86 passwords to break into computers running Microsoft Windows NT, 2000 and XP. While not an epidemic, the attack did highlight that people frequently choose easily guessable passwords to guard their computers’ security. “Whether it is a worm or human being that is trying to break into any machine, English words are easy passwords to crack,” said Steve Trilling, senior director of research for security software maker Symantec. Full Story

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