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Experts: Weak Passwords Often Cause Big Breaches

DATA PROTECTION

April 23, 2012

Recent data breaches highlight the risks associated with weak and default passwords, experts say. The recent breach of a server at the Utah Department of Health, which exposed the Social Security numbers of more than 280,000 people, exemplifies what one expert calls "the curse of the reusable password," reports COMPUTERWORLD. Breaches that occur due to weak passwords are especially common in the retail and healthcare sectors, according to a recent Verizon report. One expert said much of hacker group Anonymous's recent success has been because "they have obtained users' passwords to external services and then found the same passwords in use at sensitive internal applications in e-mail systems." 
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