The engineers are just as bad as the rest choosing passwords
A series of logs containing information unencrypted usernames and passwords of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics engineers (IEEE), one of the largest professional organizations of computer engineers, was analyzed by a graduate of the University of Copenhagen.
Radu Dragusin accessed the file, available on one of the servers in the IEEE for at least a month, where he discovered 99,979 unique user names, you commit to 24% of the 411,000 members of organizations in the world, some of the who work at companies like Google, IBM, Apple and other giants.
“While publicly left open an FTP directory that contains 100 GB of logs would be a mistake to set access permissions, maintain both user names and passwords in plain text is much more problematic,” he wrote Dragusin. It is not clear who else may have accessed the file, you may be using passwords to access the accounts of those affected – it should be remembered that people often reuse passwords for multiple services.
Furthermore, analysis shows that engineers Dragusin also very bad passwords chosen: “123456″ appeared 271 times, while “ieee2012″, “12345678″, “123456789″ and “password” is used 270, 246, 222 and 109 fold respectively.
The IEEE told Ars Technica that the problem had been solved and the log was no longer accessible, and that the organization is advising all members potentially affected by this leak. In a letter sent to those affected , also includes tips on how to choose a good password , which it never hurts to remember.
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