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May
23
Twitter Adopt 2FA; Here Is What You Can Do
Posted by Drendell_ on 23 May 2013 01:31 PM

In the wake of recent account compromises, including Associated Press and the rampant breaches orchestrated by the "Syrian Electronic Army", Twitter have recently released 2FA (2 Factor Authentication), which is a most welcome addition to bolster users' security. It is not, however, the be-all and end-all: users are still responsible for choosing strong, hard-to-guess passwords. If your password is compromised, control of your account may be lost to malicious actors.

 

While it's true that, given enough time and resources, all passwords are crackable regardless of their complexity – a pass-string of 200 random characters is ultimately just as vulnerable to brute forcing as a password containing just one character – the aim of a complex pass-string  is to make an attack chronologically infeasible. Let’s first take a look at the total number of possible combinations for a given base of elements:

 

 

 

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Jun
6
Reports of 6.4 Million Stolen LinkedIn Passwords
Posted by Carl Leonard on 06 June 2012 08:14 PM

LinkedIn is investigating reports that approximately 6.4 million user passwords have been posted on the Web. While the breach is still unconfirmed by LinkedIn (as of the time that we wrote this blog), they have acknowledged on their Twitter feed that their investigations have begun.

If you're a LinkedIn user, Websense® Security Labs recommends that you change your password immediately to help prevent your password from falling into the wrong hands.

 

After retrieving the password files that are being distributed on forums in the .ru TLD space, it appears that the passwords are hashed. However, based on samples seen by us, it is easy to translate them into clear text. Our initial investigations reveal that a password of "linkedin" features heavily.

It is uncertain how the hackers retrieved the stolen passwords; however, the passwords that users are finding in the hashed files do appear to be real.

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