Last month, there was a breach at Adobe Software. The maker of graphics and design software such as Illustrator, Photoshop and the always present Acrobat, Flash and Shockwave - had a system breach which exposed up to 150 million user accounts - 38 million of which were active accounts.
Whenever a breach of this size occurs, you can always bet the data will soon show up on the black market. One researcher was able to get their hands on this data and anaylze it for password patterns. We've discussed this in the past and the results are similar to past analysis of the data. Everytime I see the data, the security person inside of me shudders a little bit.
Here they are, the top 20 passwords (the #1 password had 1.9 million users using it)
And if you extrapolate it - take all of the people who use adobe123 as their password - how many of them use facebook123 as their facebook password or twitter123 as their twitter password.
Trust me - I know passwords are a difficult thing (we have many password for many of our internal and external system). There's not a 100% foolproof way to prevent breaches - but at the very least, lets try and make it a little harder for the hackers