Monday, February 13, 2012

Syrian President's Email Compromised

So i was in my cloud computing class the other day when i over heard one of my friends talking about the Syrian Presidents email being hacked. I thought, wow... must have been some elaborate hack to pull that off. But then i remembered the hacker that compromised Sarah Palin's email not too long ago via a simple wiki search and figuring out her secret question. I decided to look into it and as it turns out, it was certainly not an elaborate hack. The president of Syria had been using the password, '12345'

In our field it is common knowledge not to use such weak passwords but it seems some people still missed that memo. It was an interesting occurrence and im surprised it took this long to reveal that a nations president had such little focus on his communications security. I guess this is a good example of job security for us :)

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