Whoever uses the same password more than once, helps attackers

The 27th semi-annual report of the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI), published on 8 November 2018, addresses the most important cyber incidents of the first half of 2018 both in Switzerland and abroad. The key topic is dedicated to the vulnerabilities in hardware. The focus is also on targeted malware attacks, for which the name of the Spiez Laboratory was misused, as well as various data leaks and the problem of multiple use of a password.

Many users still use the same password for several online services such as webmail, e-banking and online shops. This is a welcome simplification for criminals and enables them to systematically use the collected login data from the various data leaks from a wide range of internet service providers. In one case, attackers attempted to log into the user accounts of an online portal with almost one million such stolen login combinations compiled from various sources.

Source & Full report : Admin.ch

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