University Of Phoenix
December 11, 2013
DISCOVERY OF TWO MILLION HACKED CREDENTIALS. ‘123456’ IS AGAIN THE COMMON PASSWORD.
Consider the various amounts of social media sites and email accounts, along with the millions of passwords that are used to access these sites. Society continues to crave more social media interactions and email accounts but yet there is not a cohesive effort to secure the passwords that are used for these sites. In a recent article by SC Magazine, it reported the compromise of over two million accounts. The goal of this evaluation will be to reference numerous aspects of this security article, describe each aspect, with comments on its usefulness …show more content…
According to SC Magazine “Researchers with SpiderLabs, the advanced security team with information security company Trustwave, discovered a treasure trove of nearly two million pilfered credentials from a variety of companies, including Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Twitter, LinkedIn and payroll service provider ADP.” I was able to verify this portion of the article when the information was provided from a known credible news source (CNN). The security breach made national news and was also provided on our local News4 as well.
The article also identified the threat as a Pony Botnet Controller that captured and compromised over two million accounts. The possibilities of these types of threats are very real as experienced by many websites during this incident. One of the best ways to try and combat these type threats is to keep your patches and antivirus up to date, which was also mentioned in this article. According to a CNN Money article on this incident, the below website accounts were compromised during this event (Pagliery J, 2013).
318,000 Facebook …show more content…
The article was considerably valid as was demonstrated by credible news programs and other articles. The importance of keeping patches and antivirus signatures up to date, to help prevent these types of attacks was discussed in detail. Users selecting strong passwords was also discussed, and revealed as a key component in the ability to compromise these accounts. This article was valuable and affected a lot of people. It is clear that there are prevention methods that can be used, to secure your