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2013-12-05 08:35:33 AM
Funny...that password is almost identical to the combination on my luggage!
 
2013-12-05 08:36:26 AM
Dammit. I hate changing my passwords over and over.
 
2013-12-05 09:02:18 AM

xanadian: Funny...that password is almost identical to the combination on my luggage!


12345?
 
2013-12-05 09:04:12 AM
Keepassx.org is your friend.  Use it
 
2013-12-05 09:05:45 AM
In a related story, trying to keep binary data secure by wrapping it in other binary data is like trying to keep a fish fresh by putting it another fish.  I don't think we thought the dump-everything-on-earth-into-easily-accessible-ones-and-zeros thing through.
 
2013-12-05 09:08:07 AM

bunner: In a related story, trying to keep binary data secure by wrapping it in other binary data is like trying to keep a fish fresh by putting it another fish.  I don't think we thought the dump-everything-on-earth-into-easily-accessible-ones-and-zeros thing through.


So...what do you suggest we replace it with?
 
2013-12-05 09:10:02 AM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Keepassx.org is your friend.  Use it


uh...
maybe they should've used a Y in that, because as it is, I can only read that URL one way...
 
2013-12-05 09:10:18 AM
DNRTFA - I barely trust anybody's "NewsChannel 3" to be able to successfully read Facebook, much less report on its security issues.

Did the report cite anything in particular?
 
2013-12-05 09:10:41 AM
keylogging virus != hack
 
2013-12-05 09:11:04 AM
I'm fairly sure it was accomplished via keyloggers. If you've followed some basic security on your machines you should be fine.
 
2013-12-05 09:12:44 AM

bunner: In a related story, trying to keep binary data secure by wrapping it in other binary data is like trying to keep a fish fresh by putting it another fish.  I don't think we thought the dump-everything-on-earth-into-easily-accessible-ones-and-zeros thing through.


Putting  Luke Skywalker into a smelly, stinky tauntaun kept his safe from the ravages of the ice planet Hoth.  If it can work for him, surely putting binary data into other binary data will work.  Even if you used quantum encryption or some other form of data security, it's still going to be stored as binary data until we can come up with some other way to store the information.
 
2013-12-05 09:14:26 AM
stormchan.org
 
2013-12-05 09:14:36 AM

Arumat: bunner: In a related story, trying to keep binary data secure by wrapping it in other binary data is like trying to keep a fish fresh by putting it another fish.  I don't think we thought the dump-everything-on-earth-into-easily-accessible-ones-and-zeros thing through.

So...what do you suggest we replace it with?


If I knew that, I'd buy Switzerland.  Pointing out the obvious limitations of something doesn't really oblige me to respond to "oh yeah?"s.  For starters, I think we can stop making it a collection of petty allegiances to a brazillion flavors of vanilla that all do the same thing, but are just cooked in a different brand of snake oil.  The whole IT Guild Cloak of Those Who Know® is sort of shopworn, lately.
 
2013-12-05 09:16:05 AM

The Slush: keylogging virus != hack


THIS

I have seen this dumbass article like 5 times now. It is NOT A HACK OR A DATA BREECH. It is just stupid people with malware on their systems.
Newsflash, malware on the system can lead to data compromise. This is Ric Romero reporting...
 
2013-12-05 09:17:31 AM

reillan: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Keepassx.org is your friend.  Use it

uh...
maybe they should've used a Y in that, because as it is, I can only read that URL one way...


http://www.keepassx.org/
 
2013-12-05 09:18:21 AM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Keepassx.org is your friend.  Use it


I have enough porn sites, thank you
 
2013-12-05 09:18:36 AM

bunner: Arumat: bunner: In a related story, trying to keep binary data secure by wrapping it in other binary data is like trying to keep a fish fresh by putting it another fish.  I don't think we thought the dump-everything-on-earth-into-easily-accessible-ones-and-zeros thing through.

So...what do you suggest we replace it with?

If I knew that, I'd buy Switzerland.  Pointing out the obvious limitations of something doesn't really oblige me to respond to "oh yeah?"s.  For starters, I think we can stop making it a collection of petty allegiances to a brazillion flavors of vanilla that all do the same thing, but are just cooked in a different brand of snake oil.  The whole IT Guild Cloak of Those Who Know® is sort of shopworn, lately.


My apologies if I offended you.  In my experience when somebody points out a problem but offers nothing regarding solutions what they're really doing is trying to look intelligent without actually having anything to contribute.
 
2013-12-05 09:18:52 AM

eyeq360: xanadian: Funny...that password is almost identical to the combination on my luggage!

12345?


The similar article on NBCNews.com said the most common password discovered was '123456.'  Hence, almost identical.

/the next most common, apparently, was '123456789'...
 
2013-12-05 09:20:04 AM

Arumat: My apologies if I offended you.


Not at all.

In my experience when somebody points out a problem but offers nothing regarding solutions what they're really doing is trying to look intelligent without actually having anything to contribute.

That is called an assumption on many levels, all of which rely upon the presumption everybody is trying to impress you.  I'm not.
 
2013-12-05 09:24:40 AM
It will all end in teardrops.
 
2013-12-05 09:25:16 AM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: reillan: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Keepassx.org is your friend.  Use it

uh...
maybe they should've used a Y in that, because as it is, I can only read that URL one way...

http://www.keepassx.org/


Even linkified it sounds like a bad porn title.
 
2013-12-05 09:26:32 AM

HaywoodJablonski: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Keepassx.org is your friend.  Use it

I have enough porn sites, thank you


notsureifserious.jpg

Don't trust me?  GIS for KeePassx.
 
2013-12-05 09:28:48 AM

eyeq360: xanadian: Funny...that password is almost identical to the combination on my luggage!

12345?


Senses working overtime!
 
2013-12-05 09:39:44 AM
 
2013-12-05 09:43:54 AM
I wonder how many people still have their original dictionary word passwords on Facebook from the .edu days.
 
2013-12-05 09:48:23 AM

xanadian: Funny...that password is almost identical to the combination on my luggage!


only an idiot would use that as their password
 
2013-12-05 09:48:56 AM
I've been told that since these are private, FREE MARKET, enterprises they would never crash and/or fail.

have I been had?
 
2013-12-05 09:49:43 AM

xanadian: eyeq360: xanadian: Funny...that password is almost identical to the combination on my luggage!

12345?

The similar article on NBCNews.com said the most common password discovered was '123456.'  Hence, almost identical.

/the next most common, apparently, was '123456789'...


Whatever happened to the good ol' days when the password to computers was pressing the ENTER key or just plain ol' PASSWORD?
 
2013-12-05 09:50:47 AM

DirkValentine: I've been told that since these are private, FREE MARKET, enterprises they would never crash and/or fail.

have I been had?


*gets chair from the table*

*pours two whiskies*

*stares balefully*

"Have a seat.  We need to talk."
 
2013-12-05 09:59:46 AM

The Slush: keylogging virus != hack


I thought the exact same thing.  I think actually getting that virus to execute on a user's machine is "hacking".  Perhaps that's what they meant.


But anyway...  I wonder what they will do with these passwords.  I can understand stealing bank, or paypal passwords.  But what is someone going to do with a Facebook password?  Make fun of your friends?
 
2013-12-05 10:09:07 AM
interesting.

I gave up gmail a few weeks ago, finding them too complicit in all the BS.

Have no interest in FB or twitter, so this story no longer relevant to my interests.

/want any privacy?
//don't use any of em
 
2013-12-05 10:11:18 AM

durbnpoisn: The Slush: keylogging virus != hack

I thought the exact same thing.  I think actually getting that virus to execute on a user's machine is "hacking".  Perhaps that's what they meant.


But anyway...  I wonder what they will do with these passwords.  I can understand stealing bank, or paypal passwords.  But what is someone going to do with a Facebook password?  Make fun of your friends?


Use them to make Facebook pages selling crappy products approved by Doctor Oz and making loads of money off of it?
 
2013-12-05 10:13:01 AM
If you have keylogging software/malware on your machine, who the fark cares about your gmail and FB passwords!!! Financial website logins, anyone? Credit card data while online shopping?

*facepalm*
 
2013-12-05 10:18:59 AM

elysive: If you have keylogging software/malware on your machine, who the fark cares about your gmail and FB passwords!!! Financial website logins, anyone? Credit card data while online shopping?

*facepalm*



Look, those are problems yeah ok, but I don't want anyone live-tweeting their poops on my account but me.  This is important.
 
2013-12-05 10:22:00 AM

mrEdude: interesting.

I gave up gmail a few weeks ago, finding them too complicit in all the BS.

Have no interest in FB or twitter, so this story no longer relevant to my interests.

/want any privacy?
//don't use any of em


So where'd you go for e-mail? Or are you going off-grid/snail-mail?
 
2013-12-05 10:26:12 AM

eyeq360: durbnpoisn: The Slush: keylogging virus != hack

I thought the exact same thing.  I think actually getting that virus to execute on a user's machine is "hacking".  Perhaps that's what they meant.


But anyway...  I wonder what they will do with these passwords.  I can understand stealing bank, or paypal passwords.  But what is someone going to do with a Facebook password?  Make fun of your friends?

Use them to make Facebook pages selling crappy products approved by Doctor Oz and making loads of money off of it?


I guess...  Any sort of adverts set up on a user's account, are attached to that account.  So they may cost some users money by jacking their account to create the ads.  But that's about it.
Creating pages for products of any kind can be done by anyone for free...  I don't see any incentive in that.
 
2013-12-05 10:30:06 AM
 
2013-12-05 10:31:24 AM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: HaywoodJablonski: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Keepassx.org is your friend.  Use it

I have enough porn sites, thank you

notsureifserious.jpg

Don't trust me?  GIS for KeePassx.


http://www.KeepAssX.org/

//I prefer http://passwordsafe.sourceforge.net/ for my porn password collection.
 
2013-12-05 10:37:51 AM
So actually reading the farking article:

The massive data breach was a result of keylogging software maliciously installed on an untold number of computers around the world

So yeah, nothing new. Keep you anti-virus and anti-malware up to date.
The media is terrible at reporting on technology, News at 11.
 
2013-12-05 10:45:17 AM
What's to steal from a FAcebook user? All your private life is displayed to the world on your facebook page already.
 
2013-12-05 10:47:58 AM

TheDirtyNacho: elysive: If you have keylogging software/malware on your machine, who the fark cares about your gmail and FB passwords!!! Financial website logins, anyone? Credit card data while online shopping?

*facepalm*


Look, those are problems yeah ok, but I don't want anyone live-tweeting their poops on my account but me.  This is important.


But, what if they are respectful?  'OK, your poop is coming out'
 
2013-12-05 11:03:01 AM

durbnpoisn


But anyway... I wonder what they will do with these passwords. I can understand stealing bank, or paypal passwords. But what is someone going to do with a Facebook password? Make fun of your friends?


Some (very lazy) people will use the same password for multiple accounts. It's possible that I. R. Idiot's Facebook password is the same as his Amazon and bank passwords.
 
2013-12-05 11:09:44 AM
And by misreporting the story they have made it seem like facebook/twitter etc were hacked rather than users own machines being infested with keyloggers.  Bravo.
 
2013-12-05 11:20:22 AM

Englebert Slaptyback: durbnpoisn

But anyway... I wonder what they will do with these passwords. I can understand stealing bank, or paypal passwords. But what is someone going to do with a Facebook password? Make fun of your friends?


Some (very lazy) people will use the same password for multiple accounts. It's possible that I. R. Idiot's Facebook password is the same as his Amazon and bank passwords.



If they have keyloggers on their machine, it doesn't matter.  It'll record all your different passwords.
 
2013-12-05 11:21:56 AM
If failing to deliver on a promise made in a campaign speech is a lie, then politicians should all be stoned to death.

/hmmm
 
2013-12-05 11:22:31 AM
how in the heck did that get posted here, I was reading ac ompletely different thread...
 
2013-12-05 11:22:45 AM

dascott: And by misreporting the story they have made it seem like facebook/twitter etc were hacked rather than users own machines being infested with keyloggers.  Bravo.


Bingo.

I was worried for about 10 seconds then I wasn't.
 
2013-12-05 11:29:30 AM

DeathCipris: The Slush: keylogging virus != hack

THIS

I have seen this dumbass article like 5 times now. It is NOT A HACK OR A DATA BREECH. It is just stupid people with malware on their systems.
Newsflash, malware on the system can lead to data compromise. This is Ric Romero reporting...


THIS cubed.... and the reporting doesn't help, because, "hacked" really means and suggests that the data was pulled FROM those companies databases, which, as is apparent, it was not (and even if it was, the passwords at least should be hashed to a level that it would be difficult, although not impossible, to trace).
 
2013-12-05 11:44:17 AM
I'm looking at the Democrat Party
They're pros at idnetity theft
 
2013-12-05 11:44:18 AM

eyeq360: xanadian: Funny...that password is almost identical to the combination on my luggage!

12345?


I'm super tricky with my passwords!

/54321
 
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