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Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Gawker case : EXPERIENCING A HACK


1.   A six-letter password in lower-case text takes a hacker's computer just 10 minutes to crack. But make those letters upper-case and it takes 10 hours for it to randomly work out your password. Thus simply upper-casing your password can minimise a hacker's chance of finding out your account.Add numbers and/or symbols to your password and the hacker's computer has to work for 18 days.Despite widespread warning, 50 per cent of people choose a common word or simple key combination for their password.The most used passwords are 123456, password, 12345678, qwerty and abc123. 

2.   I read about the Gawker case recently wherein the subject media firm Gawker urged subscribers to change their passwords after its user database was hacked and more than 1.3 million passwords were stolen.Now imagine some one like Yahoo or Google requesting one fine day on a similar line....won't our heart come out????

3.   The exact Gawker announce ment goes like this 

“Our user databases appear to have been compromised. The passwords were encrypted. But simple ones may be vulnerable to a brute-force attack. You should change your Gawker password and on any other sites on which you’ve used the same passwords. We’re deeply embarrassed by this breach. We should not be in the position of relying on the goodwill of the hackers who identified the weakness in our systems. And, yes, the irony is not lost on us.”

4.   The problem emanated when Gawker recently launched a multi-site redesign thatthat failed spectacularly, leading visitors to blank pages. The culprit was a misbehaving piece of JavaScript, but when a single line of JavaScript causes your entire suite of sites to fail you no longer have websites, you have, well, nothing.The problem with Gawker’s redesign is that it uses JavaScript to load everything. That means that, not only is there no chance for the site to degrade gracefully in browsers that don’t have JavaScript enabled, the smallest JavaScript typo can crash the entire website.

5.   Now we all have seen it personally as we sometimes tend to have the same password for multiple accounts on the web.....this could be a simple fall like a pack of cards...one point failure leads to the complete fort coming down.....so guys...take care....change ur passwords for better and stronger security.....

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