Analysis of the Leaked Yahoo! Passwords: Or, 2008 Was a Popular Year

By Jason Fitzpatrick on July 13th, 2012

Anytime there is a massive password breach there is a subsequent analysis of the password quality; if you’re curious about the composition of nearly half a million Yahoo! users, come on in and rubberneck the break down.

Courtesy of Anders Nilsson, the analysis yielded all sorts of little gems. The most popular password was 123456, the most popular baseword was password, and his break down of the days, months, and years incorporated into passwords shows that May is the most popular month, it’s a tie between several weekdays, and January is the most popular month. Ever tack a year onto your password to spice it up? If you’re a Yahoo! user there’s a pretty good chance it’s 2008.

Hit up the link below to check out the full analysis. If you realize your passwords could use a little updating, check out our guide to recovering from a security breach and best password practices to get your passwords in order.

Statistics of 450,000 Leaked Yahoo Accounts [via Boing Boing]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/13/12
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