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After 'Exhaustive Search,' a Reveal on Colonial Pipeline Breach

Cybersecurity expert: Compromised password was plugged into dormant VPN account to gain access

(Newser) - It all came down to one password. That's the finding of a cybersecurity expert commissioned by Colonial Pipeline to find out how hackers were able to shut down the nation's largest fuel pipeline, reports Bloomberg . According to Charles Carmakal of Mandiant, part of the FireEye cybersecurity firm, hackers...

First Prize Is a Partial Bitcoin. Third Prize: a Burrito

Chipotle online contest will dole out $100K worth of the cryptocurrency on Thursday

(Newser) - The connection may not be apparent—its stores don't accept bitcoin payments—but Chipotle is marking National Burrito Day with a bitcoin giveaway. The Mexican food chain is putting up $100,000 in the cryptocurrency, as well as $100,000 in burritos, CNN reports. Contestants who go to BurritosOrBitcoin....

The Days of Netflix Ignoring Password Sharing May Be Over

Streaming service is testing out a new procedure

(Newser) - Sharing a Netflix password with your sibling, cousin, parent, or friend? Those days may soon be over, or at least made slightly more awkward. Netflix is testing out a new feature in which, according to the Hollywood Reporter , some viewers who log in using another user's account get a...

He's Down to Last 2 Guesses to Access $240M in Bitcoin
He's Down to Last 2 Guesses
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He's Down to Last 2 Guesses to Access $240M in Bitcoin

'New York Times' looks at the problem of owners who have forgotten their passwords

(Newser) - It sucks when you can't remember your password to, say, your Amazon.com or Venmo account. It really sucks when the code that's right on the tip of your brain is keeping you from accessing millions of dollars' worth of bitcoin—and if you guess wrong too many...

Here Are the 10 Worst Passwords of 2020
Want to Make
a Hacker's Day?
Use One of These
Passwords
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Want to Make a Hacker's Day? Use One of These Passwords

NordPass has released its worst candidates for 2020

(Newser) - We get how brain-melting it can be to remember all of your various passwords—really, we honestly, truly get it. But you've got to try harder than the people whose passwords popped up on NordPass' 2020 ranking of the 200 most common passwords, which, as Suzanne Humphries succinctly puts...

These 10 Passwords Are a Hacker's Dream

UK cybersecurity group says '123456,' others are easily breached

(Newser) - Think you've got a password that no one would ever guess, or simply hoping no one would ever try to capitalize on your password laziness? Based on a new survey out of the UK, you may want to reexamine that assessment. Per CNN Business , the National Cyber Security Centre...

3-Year-Old Locks iPad, Will Be 51 When It's Usable

Dad Evan Osnos hoping to find a fix within the next 48 years

(Newser) - The kid really wanted to get into that iPad. Instead, the toddler managed to lock it for 25,536,442 minutes, or more than 48 years, reports the Daily News . Parent Evan Osnos, a writer for the New Yorker, tweeted an image of his child's handiwork and the resulting...

Yep, It's Another Privacy Problem for Facebook

Millions of passwords were stored in plain text, a big no-no

(Newser) - Facebook left millions of user passwords readable by its employees for years, the company said Thursday, an acknowledgement it offered after a security researcher posted about the issue online. "Security rule 101 dictates that under no circumstances passwords should be stored in plain text, and at all times must...

Shocker for Cryptocurrency Clients: 'All of Your Money Is Gone'

After Quadriga CEO reportedly died, the mystery deepens

(Newser) - A CEO's untimely death, hard-to-crack passwords, and up to $190 million in missing cryptocurrency. These all underlie a mystery that Fortune calls the "implosion of Quadriga" after the December death of the QuadrigaCX coin exchange's chief, Gerald Cotten, at the age of 30, and now the FBI...

Twitter Wants You to Change Your Password

Company says it's precautionary

(Newser) - Twitter is advising all users to change their passwords, the AP reports. The company said Thursday that it recently discovered a bug that stored passwords in an internal log in an unprotected form. Twitter says there's no indication that there was a breach or that any of the passwords...

Red Sox WiFi Password Is Not Good
Red Sox WiFi
Password Is Not Good

Red Sox WiFi Password Is Not Good

'Baseball' shows up inadvertently on bulletin board during post-game interview

(Newser) - Anyone looking to hijack the Boston Red Sox team WiFi wouldn't have needed to strain too hard to guess the password. "Baseball." As the Boston Globe explains, the not-so-strong password was inadvertently revealed during a post-game interview with Yankees manager Aaron Boone. You can see it here...

20 Passwords Other Than '123456' You Should Avoid

'Tigger' is not iron-clad

(Newser) - As Time points out, it's been a banner year for hacks, from Equifax's totally avoidable breach to Yahoo's eventual admission that all 3 billion accounts were compromised. SplashData ran an analysis of some 5 million leaked passwords to come up with its list of the 100 most...

Guy Who Wrote the Book on Passwords: I Was Wrong
Guy Who Wrote the Book
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Guy Who Wrote the Book on Passwords: I Was Wrong

Bill Burr says using special characters, plus frequent changes, was off base

(Newser) - The security expert who wrote widely accepted advice in 2003 about online passwords—use special characters and change the passwords regularly—now acknowledges that he misfired. "Much of what I did I now regret," Bill Burr, who is 72 and retired from the National Institute of Standards and...

Suspect Tells Judge He Forgot His Phone Passcode; It Works

Meanwhile, another man got 180 days in jail for giving cops incorrect passcode

(Newser) - If authorities in Florida demand the passcode for your iPhone, giving them the incorrect one will net you 180 days in jail. But claiming you forgot? That's apparently a get-out-of-jail-free card. Christopher Wheeler is suspected of abusing his daughter, and detectives believe his phone contains images of her injuries,...

Tilt of Your Phone Could Spill Your Data to Hackers

They could get your PINs and passwords by exploiting device sensors: study

(Newser) - Under the right conditions, hackers could theoretically exploit a built-in feature in smartphones to steal passwords and PINs, and it all comes down to the tilt users employ and the way they type, the Guardian reports. In a study published in the International Journal of Information Security , Newcastle University researchers...

Anyone Know What This @PressSec Tweet Means?

Could be a butt-dial, a cry for help, his Twitter password ...

(Newser) - Was one of Sean Spicer's kids messing around with his cellphone? Or did Vicente Fox's latest tweet rattle the new White House press secretary? Speculation is running rampant, per the Daily Dot , after Spicer sent out a cryptic early-morning tweet Thursday that has since been deleted, but …...

Fired IT Guy Demands $200K to Unlock Data

Online college couldn't access account

(Newser) - An IT worker fired for refusing to relocate demanded $200,000 to unlock a Google account with the emails and coursework of 2,000 students, an online college claims. The American College of Education alleges in a lawsuit that Triano Williams changed the password on the account and demanded the...

Zuckerberg's Twitter, Pinterest Hacked

Group says they found his password in LinkedIn leak

(Newser) - Hackers have managed to embarrass Mark Zuckerberg, but not Facebook: A group calling itself OurMine Team claimed responsibility after the Facebook founder's Pinterest and Twitter accounts were hacked on Sunday, reports the New York Daily News . The hackers said they had found Zuckerberg's details in last month's...

117M LinkedIn Users Just Had Passwords Leaked

They were stolen way back in 2012

(Newser) - In 2012, hackers posted 6.5 million stolen LinkedIn passwords to a Russian forum, TechCrunch reports. It turns out, that security breach was much bigger and much worse than possibly anyone realized. According to Motherboard , 117 million LinkedIn emails and passwords taken as part of the same breach were just...

Apple to Widow: Get Court Order for Hubby's Password

72-year-old Peggy Bush just wanted to play games on her late husband's iPad

(Newser) - In a move CNET calls "a touch extreme," Apple was contacted by a 72-year-old Canadian widow to get her late husband's password so she could play games on his iPad—and the company refused to hand it over. Peggy Bush's husband, David, died of lung cancer...

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