Saturday, December 6, 2014

Sony Kept Thousands of Passwords in a Folder Named "Password"


It's been a rough week for Sony execs (million-dollar salaries notwithstanding). And things are only going to get worse. Which would almost be enough to make you feel bad for the poor schmucks in IT—that is, until you realize that they hid their most sensitive password data under the label "Passwords." Go ahead and slam your head against something hard. We'll wait.
The second trove of data snuck out sometime yesterday, and it didn't take long for Buzzfeed to stumble upon the Facebook, MySpace (an ancient form of Facebook), YouTube, and Twitter "usernames and passwords for major motion picture social accounts." Likely due to the fact that they were saved in a huge file called "Password." Which contained even more passwords called things like "Facebook login password." So they would know that that was the password. Because who needs encryption or security or common sense or even the vaguest attempt at grade-school level online safety.
Yep, "Password" should do just fine. Maybe stick a "1" on the end. That'll throw 'em off.
Of course and unfortunately, it shouldn't really be a surprise that humans are lazy and unimaginative and just generally the worst when it comes to protecting our precious online data. And yet—goddammit, Sony IT. You had one job. [Fusion, Buzzfeed]

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