We’re one month in to 2014 and already there have been some high-profile password and data breaches that you should know about (if you don’t already). Here’s what’s new in cybersecurity world:
- Did you watch the Superbowl? If so, did you hack into the Metlife stadium’s internal security headquarters’ Wifi network? No? Well, you could have. The network’s login credentials were accidentally broadcast publicly on national television during pregame coverage. While the username and password (‘marko’ and ‘w3Lc 0m3!HWERE’) were not the weakest we’ve ever seen, they certainly weren’t the strongest, either. But even the strongest password becomes useless when it’s been seen by over 100 million people… Oops. Read more about the leak here.
- According to this article on GMA news online, Yahoo mail also suffered a data breach, although this was an attack from an outside source rather than an inside blunder. In a public blog post, Senior Vice President of Platforms and Personalization Products Jay Rossiter called it a “coordinated effort to gain unauthorized access to Yahoo Mail accounts.” It’s a familiar story: some malicious software collected email addresses and passwords from a third-party database. And as unsurprisingly, Yahoo advises its users to use strong passwords and change them regularly. Good advice, to which we’d like to add one more suggestion: get Keeper!