[OT] time to change your iTunes password?

Bob Sneidar bobs at twft.com
Fri Jan 7 12:28:30 EST 2011


I think hacking is a term that is used loosely to mean any kind of security compromise. It's used mostly by the media who are communicating with a market that in the lowest common denominator would not be able to define the difference between a hack and a crack, or a virus and a trojan. That is why I believe this is the result of some kind of key logging trojan. If someone found a way to successfully hack an iTunes store account, the number would not be 55,000 it would be more like 5,000,000. 

Bob


On Jan 7, 2011, at 9:13 AM, Keith Clarke wrote:

> Maybe but is there actual proof of hacking - or could this be the far more likely human trait of stupidity? 
> Perhaps these 50,000 accounts just belong to the numpties whose password = 'password', '12345' or similar? 
> 
> On 7 Jan 2011, at 16:57, Colin Holgate wrote:
> 
>> 
>> On Jan 7, 2011, at 11:50 AM, Bob Sneidar wrote:
>> 
>>> The same password in AES-256 would take 1.2 million years. 
>> 
>> 
>> From Wikipedia:
>> 
>> A device that could check a billion billion (1018) AES keys per second would in theory require about 3×1051 years to exhaust the 256-bit key space.
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