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December 21, 2022

Wr0ng P@$$w0rd! : Hackers Continue to Thrive on Weak Passwords

Cyber security and data preservation is primarily dependent on secured authentication. CloudSEK’s contextual AI digital risk platform XVigil recorded 11.4% of underground activity in the first three quarters of 2022 related to password compromise or tools and services used to aid the same. Passwords from approximately 4 billion records were compromised. Over time, cybercriminals have shown an increased interest in compromising passwords and have discovered numerous efficient methods to crack strong passwords, such as password guessing, dictionary attack, hash guessing, rainbow table, password sniffing, brute force attack, etc.

Passwords are the first line of defense against unauthorized access to one's computer, electronic devices and personal accounts. The more secure your password, the more protected your digital assets will be against hackers and malicious software. Strong and complex passwords must be used for all online and offline accounts  to prevent data compromise. Although security experts have proposed numerous methods for securing passwords, the security of user-selected passwords remains a major concern.

Authors & Contributors

Hansika Saxena
Hansika joined CloudSEK's Editorial team as a Technical Writer and is a B.Sc (Hons) student at the University of Delhi. She was previously associated with Youth India Foundation for a year.
Deepanjli Paulraj
Deepanjli is CloudSEK's Lead Technical Content Writer and Editor. She is a pen wielding pedant with an insatiable appetite for books, Sudoku, and epistemology.
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