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10519 clicks; posted to Main » on 06 Aug 2014 at 5:33 PM (38 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-08-06 04:07:03 PM  
No one was really going to, anyway.
 
2014-08-06 05:35:42 PM  
Seriously? I just changed all my passwords
 
2014-08-06 05:37:10 PM  

doubled99: Seriously? I just changed all my passwords


Change 'em back.
 
2014-08-06 05:37:13 PM  
$120 just to find out if I need to change my password?
Let me get my wallet.
 
2014-08-06 05:37:26 PM  

Calmamity: No one was really going to, anyway.


I read the thread before work and actually made a mental note to change them when I got home today. On my way home now and now this thread shows up lol. Oh well, probably won't change but I will set up 2 step authentication on those I can.
 
2014-08-06 05:37:44 PM  
Smashed glass all over your floor.  The doorbell rings.  You answer ...

"Looks like someone broke your window.  Lucky I was right around the corner."
encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com
 
2014-08-06 05:38:18 PM  
That's just what they WANT you to think.
 
2014-08-06 05:38:25 PM  
Well luckily they are all
12345

/except for fark. I add a wild card digit to that.
 
2014-08-06 05:39:16 PM  
that's why I got 2 step verification on my email
 
2014-08-06 05:39:52 PM  
/also because it makes checking my email much more exciting and Mission Impossible-like
 
2014-08-06 05:40:33 PM  
I keep hoping some clever person will steal my Fark password and get me a greenlight.
 
2014-08-06 05:43:23 PM  
I'll take Brian Krebs take on it over "the verge" anyday.
 
2014-08-06 05:48:46 PM  
Those who fail to learn from the asshattery of McAfee are doomed to repeat it.
 
2014-08-06 05:49:36 PM  

That Guy Jeff: I'll take Brian Krebs take on it over "the verge" anyday.


Normally, I would too...but he seems rather unconcerned about his name being bandied about by Alex Holden of Hold Security.  That surprised me--he does realize that many of us do give a lot of credit to his  name.  I could care less about monetary compensation (he already addressed that early in the comments) but in effect, his name on that site as an advisor implicitly applies his blessing to this thinly disguised ransom campaign.
 
2014-08-06 05:50:42 PM  
You're not the boss of me.
 
2014-08-06 05:51:12 PM  

That Guy Jeff: I'll take Brian Krebs take on it over "the verge" anyday.


Let's see. Is Brian Krebs listed as being on the board of the company he is reporting about?
 
2014-08-06 05:53:26 PM  
I'm going to guess that most of these passwords were changed many months ago. Most likely only a tiny percentage of them are still active passwords. They probably paid for a lot of obsolete data, there being no honor among thieves. Of course you can't tell if this is really me, or could someone have hijacked my account?
 
2014-08-06 05:56:01 PM  

DragonIV: That Guy Jeff: I'll take Brian Krebs take on it over "the verge" anyday.

Normally, I would too...but he seems rather unconcerned about his name being bandied about by Alex Holden of Hold Security.  That surprised me--he does realize that many of us do give a lot of credit to his  name.  I could care less about monetary compensation (he already addressed that early in the comments) but in effect, his name on that site as an advisor implicitly applies his blessing to this thinly disguised ransom campaign.


SVenus: That Guy Jeff: I'll take Brian Krebs take on it over "the verge" anyday.

Let's see. Is Brian Krebs listed as being on the board of the company he is reporting about?


Meh. Reputation means something for people in that position. Security is really big on trust. I seriously doubt Brian is going to risk destroying the reputation he's spent so many years building up just for some con game.
 
2014-08-06 06:05:25 PM  
Some farker called this is the other thread
 
2014-08-06 06:09:49 PM  

justanotherfarkinfarker: Well luckily they are all
12345

/except for fark. I add a wild card digit to that.


That's amazing! I've got the same combination on my luggage!
 
2014-08-06 06:13:07 PM  

doubled99: Seriously? I just changed all my passwords


Well good news! You can change them back!
 
2014-08-06 06:15:12 PM  
Did they already get my money? Or was it Facebook accounts.
/DNRTFA
 
2014-08-06 06:38:56 PM  

justanotherfarkinfarker: Well luckily they are all
12345

/except for fark. I add a wild card digit to that.


123456, right?
 
2014-08-06 06:39:20 PM  
Whew!
I sure dodged a bullet this time!
 
2014-08-06 06:42:34 PM  
I finally got around to downloading KeePass.

I noticed if you Google it, there is a .info site and a .com site and they look quite different.  I immediately got paranoid because what better way to steal passwords is by having people download some malware disguising itself as a password manager?

The thing is, it's really hard to manage a dozen different passwords,  Some sites, I don't really care too much about security and it's a pain to change them all the time.

What's the worst that can happen if you figure out my Fark password?  You could probably get me banned and make me look bad, but that's all.

Most sites I am a member of are like that.
 
2014-08-06 07:07:26 PM  
I call this thread farkin qwerty!
 
2014-08-06 08:47:08 PM  

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: doubled99: Seriously? I just changed all my passwords

Change 'em back.


I'm way ahead of you. I even changed them back back. Security is important.
 
2014-08-06 10:35:15 PM  
Changing your password routinely is a good practice, anyway.  Nobody really does it as often as they should, or ever, but it's a good practice for when security breeches do happen.

This case?  It makes me wonder who owns CyberVor.  The most profitable "hacks" and scams are those that blackmail you into buying your own security back.  Virii that compromise your machine, lock it tight, until you pay $X to unlock it.  This company hasn't released any genuine data of information, other than "OMG! 1.2 Billion accounts hacked!  Subscribe now to find out if you are at risk, and how to fix it!"

Meh, change your passwords, and don't post the stupid "correct horse battery staple" cartoon.  Most passwords don't allow spaces or that long of a character length.
 
2014-08-06 10:39:37 PM  
Just when I started changing every password to "F*ckPutin" and plus some other characters.
 
2014-08-07 10:24:23 AM  

MylesHeartVodak: Changing your password routinely is a good practice, anyway.  Nobody really does it as often as they should, or ever, but it's a good practice for when security breeches do happen.

This case?  It makes me wonder who owns CyberVor.  The most profitable "hacks" and scams are those that blackmail you into buying your own security back.  Virii that compromise your machine, lock it tight, until you pay $X to unlock it.  This company hasn't released any genuine data of information, other than "OMG! 1.2 Billion accounts hacked!  Subscribe now to find out if you are at risk, and how to fix it!"

Meh, change your passwords, and don't post the stupid "correct horse battery staple" cartoon.  Most passwords don't allow spaces or that long of a character length.


You know the point of "correct horse battery staple" isn't to use that EXACT phrase, right? You can alter it to something without spaces, or use shorter words, and you're missing the whole point if you don't come up with your own anyway.
 
2014-08-07 11:08:40 AM  

MylesHeartVodak: Meh, change your passwords, and don't post the stupid "correct horse battery staple" cartoon.  Most passwords don't allow spaces or that long of a character length.


Spaces were not needed nor included in the calculation of that password's entropy.  (2048 word dictionary, 4 words = 11bits^4 = 44 bits)

Good point about password length restrictions though.  Any site that uses passwords as two factor authentication and cares even a little bit about security should allow long passwords.
 
2014-08-07 11:51:58 AM  

gfid: I finally got around to downloading KeePass.

I noticed if you Google it, there is a .info site and a .com site and they look quite different.  I immediately got paranoid because what better way to steal passwords is by having people download some malware disguising itself as a password manager?


I just downloaded it yesterday myself and didn't even notice the .com site. The .info one is legit as it downloads from the project page at SourceForge and is linked to by most download sites. The .com site is... something else.
 
2014-08-08 12:15:19 AM  
OMG someone cracked my Facebook page and reactivated my Farmville account!
 
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