A U.K. cyber security survey that exposes gaps in online security has revealed the most hacked passwords in the world.
“123456” was the internet’s most vulnerable password, with 23.2 million accounts using the easy-to-crack code.
The National Cyber Security Centre’s first UK Cyber Survey, published alongside a global password risk list, urges internet users to set 3 random words as passwords so that they will be difficult to break.
In the category of “bands,” the most breached password is the name of the popular ’90s pop-punk group, Blink-182.
The study shows that 285,706 accounts using the password “blink182” were compromised.
50 Cent, Eminem, Metallica, and Slipknot were among other artists to make the list of most hacked passwords.
The findings, released ahead of the NCSC’s CYBERUK 2019 conference in Glasgow, will inform government policy and the guidance offered to organizations and the public.
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