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Factory passwords are the most used by hackers in attacks, says research | Security

Factory-set passwords on electronic devices are the most used by hackers during attacks. According to a survey by F-Secure, released last week, the combination "admin", which comes as a login and password pattern on various devices, is the first choice for criminals to try to access. In the list are also "12345" and "password", which are still widely used by users, and "taZz @ 2349585" and "1001chin", which are factory passwords for some routers.

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In the second half of 2019 alone, the digital security company recorded 2.8 billion attacks on its honeypots (tools that detect cyber attacks) worldwide. According to the report, the greatest number of attacks were caused by hackers in the United States, China and Russia, although there is no way to guarantee this information, since the attackers use a proxy to disguise the location. Among the countries of destination with the greatest number of actions suffered include Ukraine, China and Austria.

Get to know the 10 most insecure passwords on the internet according to F-Secure Photo: TheDigitalWay / Pixabay Get to know the 10 most insecure passwords on the internet according to F-Secure Photo: TheDigitalWay / Pixabay

Get to know the 10 most insecure passwords on the internet according to F-Secure Photo: TheDigitalWay / Pixabay

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Most of the attacks on F-Secure's honeypots were from bots and malware aimed at infecting devices. These devices can be both computers and notebooks, as well as connected home devices, such as smarts speakers. After finding a vulnerable machine, the criminal needs to obtain the password to complete the break-in. As many people do not change the default passwords for their devices or opt for easy combinations, these passwords end up being the most used by hackers in an attempted scam. Below are the passwords most used by criminals in attempted attacks.

  1. admin
  2. vizxv
  3. default
  4. 1001chin
  5. sh
  6. taZz @ 23495859
  7. 12345
  8. password
  9. ttnet
  10. root

To protect your devices, be sure to create a strong, unique password for each device. In addition, it is also important to change them frequently. The FBI even recommends using key phrases, over 15 characters long, that take longer to crack by hackers. For those who forget passwords, the tip is to use managers that allow you to enter all combinations in an encrypted environment.