[OT] time to change your iTunes password?

Bob Sneidar bobs at twft.com
Fri Jan 7 17:25:31 CST 2011


I agree that a lot of people use crappy passwords. It is my somewhat controversial opinion however, given that this is the 21st century, that those people really deserve to lose everything they protect with such passwords. It reminds me of Spaceballs, where the combination to the airlock on Druidia and the emperor's luggage were both the same. "12345"

Bob


On Jan 7, 2011, at 10:28 AM, Keith Clarke wrote:

> Sure, but 10 attempts might well be enough to skim 50,000 accounts if you'd harvested, say, a million email addresses? I'm just suggesting that the percentage shot here may be harvesting through the mass stupidity of human-kind, rather than complex technology. I think it was Einstein who said that artificial intelligence was no match for natural stupidity! Just scan the top-10 of this list if you need proof http://www.whatsmypass.com/the-top-500-worst-passwords-of-all-time    
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> On 7 Jan 2011, at 18:12, Bob Sneidar wrote:
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>> I'm willing to bet that you will disable your account for a period of time if you type in the wrong username/password 10 times. Every reputable web site that requires security does this now to foil brute force bots. I cannot believe Apple would overlook that issue. 
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>> Bob
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>> On Jan 7, 2011, at 10:00 AM, Keith Clarke wrote:
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>>> ...I still wonder whether this is evidence of Apple security being compromised (big problem for all) versus a simple numbers game exploiting user stupidity/laziness (more fool them). 
>>> 
>>> A web-crawler captures publicly listed email addresses, these then get tested as iTunes logins, coupled with the top-10 worst passwords. The surprising stat would be if there are merely 50,000 iTunes users that are that sufficiently stupid and/or lazy? 
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>>> There are probably more than 50,000 youtube videos showing monitors in the background that are covered in post-its with passwords and banking details! :-) 
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