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Friday 21 July 2017
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We are still clueless about the internet, passwords and safety.

Hello there,  wake up America,  with all these stories that are flooding the news.  Systems are being hacked, Security is being breached,  names are being leaked, and  Identities are being stolen.  I have even seen some reports of on-line kidnapping?  With Corporations like Home Depot, Target, Veterans Affairs, Credit card companies, and email servers, and even a dating site like Ashley Madison have all had security breaches in the last couple years.     I realize I am going to have to break this topic down because this would turn into a 500 page novel if I try to express all I have found in my research.  It is amazing, just type in” Security Breach” in Google and BAM you will be over loaded with responses.

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I have a vast amount of experience with these types of security problems as I work for an international IT company on top of my work in the security realm.   There is a new wave of super criminal, mafia, and organized crime. They don’t even have to use a gun, thugs, or even see you to take what you have worked hard to build up for yourself and your family.

The biggest and latest was the Ashley Madison hack. It is hard to believe that over 100,000 users from that site actually set their password as “123456“, I still can’t believe we as a society would even think of using something so simple and easily guessed. Most hackers will try that one first. Are we really that asleep at the wheel still?  I wonder how many of you reading this have your Yahoo, Gmail or maybe even your bank log-in set to something so stupid simple and wonder why you have problems. Wake UP America. I keep saying it and will continue till it gets thru your thick skulls out there that we have to change our ways or be the next Lifetime movie special.

Based on Cynosure Prime’s ( a group of password cracking hobbyists ) analysis of the 11.7 million passwords that it’s now recovered – and the group warns that these results should only be used as a “rough estimate” because it is still attempting to crack 4 million more passwords – these were the top 10 passwords chosen by Ashley Madison’s users:

•123456
•12345
•password
•DEFAULT
•123456789
•qwerty
•12345678
•abc123
•[slang for female genitalia]
•1234567

Also included in the top 100 most-used passwords from the Ashley Madison hack – of the ones fit for print, anyway – are such gems as:
•cowboys
•Steelers
•superman
•batman
•mustang
•monkey
•princess
•sunshine
•iloveyou

CynoSure Prime also found some choice, one-off password selections, including:
•goodguydoingthewrongthing
•cheatersneverprosper
•everynameitriedwastaken

    DON’T BE LIKE THESE PEOPLE

Not to mention 630,000 were so lazy as to use their user name as their password. I mean really come on that is just asking for hey go a head hack me, steal my account and do what ever you want with it. I have done some PI work over the years helping friends who are in the business.  It usually isn’t that hard to hack an email, or find the answers to their “secret questions” this is why I personally miss answer all those. I mean what town were you born if you put Alaska for your answer or Iraq most aren’t going to ever guess that. Or for your mother’s maiden name use something like Swift, or Pitt. Get creative and keep your personal info safe.

How many times have you had your Debit card stolen or hacked? Or the new one your Medical records are up for sale. This is a new trend that is starting. Guess what if people get your medical records they have everything they need to steal your identity and then some.

    IDEAS TO PROTECT YOURSELF

Using complex passwords also makes it difficult for attackers to employ brute-force dictionary attacks, in which they use tools that automatically attempt to plug in a vast number of well-known phrases to see if they will work with known usernames, or rainbow tables – pre-computed tables that can be used to reverse unsalted cryptographic hash functions and thus easily crack passwords.

To generate and keep track of all of those complex, unique passwords, security experts recommend using a password manager. Such software can run on PCs, mobile devices or via online portals.

Bottom line is this is a problem we are going to have to address and be more diligent, along with taking it more seriously. These are problems that are only going to get worse as this new level of criminal emerges and gets more advanced. We need to try and stay one step ahead of them, because they are trying to do all they can to capitalize while they can.

This new level of criminal is becoming way too popular. There are rumors that they are being funded by organized criminals, which makes them that much more dangerous. Ashley Madison hack and leak

A quick note: I personally go through and change all my passwords every 6 months for safety reasons. Might not be a bad idea to implement that yourself.

Data in this article was found at
http://www.inforisktoday.com/blogs/were-so-stupid-about-passwords-ashley-madison-edition-p-1943?rf=2015-09-23-eir&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRojvKvBZKXonjHpfsX76OsrUae1lMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4HSsdnI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFSrXEMbp407gPWBY%3D



I am an Ex Army vet who served in the National Guard for 12 years. I have worked closely with some amazing security professionals, in a vast array of different work environments and scenarios. I am also a NRA Certified instructor, and proficient in fire arms, and self defense. On top of that I am well experienced in the technical world as well. I live my life by the motto " There is no knowledge that isn't power" and try to learn all I can. As well I feel that knowledge is only good if you pass it along to others so they can benefit from your experiences.


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