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2 arrested used stolen cards from Target breach
by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) Jan 21, 2014


'Password' no longer the Internet's worst password
Washington (AFP) Jan 21, 2014 - The number sequence "123456" has overtaken "password" as the most common worst password among Internet users, an online security firm says.

Releasing its annual Worst Passwords list, SplashData said it was the first time "password" had lost its number-one position, changing places with its numerical rival.

In third place was "12345678," unchanged from 2012, while "qwerty" and "abc123" came in fourth and fifth -- and "iloveyou" climbed two spots to number nine.

Swinging the results, SplashData said, was a major security breach involving Adobe software that laid bare the widespread use of weak passwords among users of such Adobe products as Photoshop.

"Seeing passwords like 'adobe123' and 'photoshop' on this list (for the first time) offers a good reminder not to base your password on the name of the website or application you are accessing," said SplashData chief executive Morgan Slain, whose company markets password management apps.

Like other password experts, SplashData encouraged Internet users to opt for "passphrases" -- a bunch of random words, numbers and characters, like "smiles_like_skip?" -- that are easy to remember, but harder for online scam artists to crack.

Two people arrested by authorities in Texas were using stolen credit cards which came from the massive Target data breach, officials said.

Two Mexicans arrested this week were identified as Marcy Carmen Garcia Vaquera and Daniel Guardiola Dominguez, according to the police chief of McAllen, Texas, Victor Rodriguez.

The two were using fraudulent credit cards that came from the Target data breach, Rodriguez told a news conference Monday.

"Someone in Mexico is obviously buying that data," he said.

Rodriguez said US Homeland Security and Secret Service officials participated in the investigation that led to the arrests.

US officials have said little about the probe which may have affected the data of some 110 million Target customers, but security experts have suggested the malware may have come from hackers in Russia or Eastern Europe.

Researchers from IntelCrawler, a Los Angeles-based cyber intelligence company, said last week that the malware was created by a 17-year-old hacker and has been used to infect retail systems in Australia, Canada and the US.

US security firm iSight Partners concluded that the hackers stole data on as many as 110 million Target customers.

They were able to carry out the data breach by using "a new piece of malicious software," which "has potentially infected a large number of retail information systems."

Target began notifying some customers that it was offering one year of free credit monitoring to help customers guard against identity theft or unauthorized charges to their debit or credit cards.

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