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Over 65.3M LinkedIn Users Have Weak Passwords, The Rest Can Be Easily Cracked
13 March 2017, 3:01 pm

Last year, LinkedIn has a massive data breach where millions of passwords were leaked, and it seems that out of the entire trove of data, 35% of users were using weak passwords to begin with, while other 65% were using passwords that can be cracked. 

Researchers at behavioral firewall company Preempt wanted to know how many LinkedIn accounts were weak prior to the data breach. Unfortunately, the numbers were surprising to the researchers, and not in a good way. In fact, 35% of the leaked LinkedIn passwords were already known from previous password dictionaries, which made them vulnerable from the start. Then, the other 65% of them can be easily cracked with brute force by using standard, off-the-shelf, cracking hardware. 

"Any person that used the same password for Linkedin as they did for their work account (or other account), is currently vulnerable within these other accounts. Unfortunately, there are many use... (read more)

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