Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

A lovely indictment of modern password practices

Just came across this ruefully funny story on Ars Technica. Summary: a French TV station got hacked, and it looks like it may have been because they interviewed one of their employees -- who had his passwords on a sticky-note on the wall behind him.

The worst part is, this is totally unsurprising. Much of corporate IT has promulgated idiotic practices (eg, requiring you to change your password every eight weeks) that leave the typical user with little choice but to do dumb things like this. It's long past time for companies to wake up to the fact that this is a problem...

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