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Weak passwords revealed by Sony Pictures hackers

Kate O'Flaherty

SC Magazine

4 December 2014 

Steven van der Baan, cyber security expert at 7Safe, PA Consulting Group's technical security practice is quoted in a news article for SC magazine about the recent Sony Pictures password hack. 

The article reveals that weak passwords such as “password” and “s0ny123” were posted online by Sony Pictures hackers as well as more of the firm’s confidential details.

Steven explains that the breach has emphasised an urgent need for employee education: “This shows that even at high profile companies like Sony, the 'human factor' plays a key role and there is still much more to be done to educate users. People much prefer to use a password that is easy to remember, however this can mean it's much easier to break.

“Policies alone will not change that, only training and awareness targeted at changing behaviours will.”


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