Fans of Metallica and Iron Maiden Amongst the Most Hacked Passwords
According to NME.com
Fans of the bands Blink 182, Metallica and Foo Fighters are encouraged not to use their favourite bands as their computer passwords. According to the UK National Cyber Security Centre, all three bands are some of the world’s most commonly hacked passwords. The centre looked at the 100,000 most hacked passwords and those bands showed up. Blink 182 was the most vulnerable of the three acts, with Foo Fighters and Metallica following suit. Other bands included on the list are Green day, Slipknot, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Sum 41 and Iron Maiden. Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus shared the list with his followers on Twitter.
While Blink–182 emerged as the most vulnerable password to feature a musical act, Foo Fighters and Metallica were also present too.
Other notable bands included Green Day, Slipknot, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Sum 41 and Iron Maiden.
“We understand that cyber security can feel daunting to a lot of people, but the NCSC has published lots of easily applicable advice to make you much less vulnerable,” Dr. Ian Levy, NCSC’s technical director, said in a statement.
“Password re-use is a major risk that can be avoided – nobody should protect sensitive data with something that can be guessed, like their first name, local football team or favourite band. Using hard-to-guess passwords is a strong first step and we recommend combining three random but memorable words. Be creative and use words memorable to you, so people can’t guess your password.”