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Sophos, the company that provides HSU with virus protection software, recently analyzed a series of security breaches to determine the most common passwords (all of which, and more, were stolen in the breach). Here are just the top 20 most frequently used:
And it's not just the headline-grabbing data breaches that put passwords in the hands of the bad guys. Malware like the infamous Conficker worm actually had lists of commonly-used passwords built into them - and have used them to try to spread further.
Whenever hackers see the same password used in multiple places, they add them to their dictionaries. So if you use any of these passwords, or ones like them, change them NOW.