'123456' revealed as password of 2m hacked Adobe customers

Top 20 stolen passwords listed
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The top passwords used by Adobe customers have been listed – with super-simple codes filling the top 20.

The list of passwords was released by ‘password security expert’ Jeremi Gosney of the Stricture Group.

Gosney said that he found the passwords in a dump file online following Adobe’s statement that three million passwords had been taken in a security breach.

The number of affected users has since been updated by Adobe to be closer to 38 million, with up to 150 million possibly at risk.

Of the passwords contained in the file found by Gosney, nearly two million (1,911,938) used the most popular password string – ‘123456’.

Coming in at number two with just under half a million users (446,162) was the just as simple, but longer, ‘123456789’.

‘Password’ completes the top three, with 345,834 users.

It’s not just the top three that creates cause for worry, however, as the rest of the most popular passwords are as simplistic.

The top 20 passwords (and the number of users using them) are as follows:

1. 123456 – 1,911,938 users
2. 123456789 – 446,162 users
3. password – 345,834 users
4. adobe123 – 211,659 users
5. 12345678 – 201,580 users
6. qwerty – 130,832 users
7. 1234567 – 124,253 users
8. 111111 – 113,884 users
9. photoshop – 83,411 users
10. 123123 – 82,694 users
11. 1234567890 – 76,910 users
12. 000000 – 76,186 users
13. abc123 – 70,791 users
14. 1234 – 61,453 users
15. adobe1 – 56,744 users
16. macromedia – 54,651 users
17. azerty – 48,850 users
18. iloveyou – 47,142 users
19. aaaaaa – 44,281 users
20. 654321 – 43,670 users

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