Report: Hacked Syrian officials used ‘12345’ as email password

An article written By Rosa Golijan of shows how important passwords are:

After hundreds of emails from the office of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were leaked on Monday, a report revealed that several of Assad’s aides and advisers used the password “12345.”

According to Barak Ravid of the Israeli media outlet Haaretz, hackers affiliated with the Anonymous collective attacked the mail server of the Syrian Ministry of Presidential Affairs on Sunday night. During that attack they managed to compromise about 78 email inboxes, including those belonging to the Minister of Presidential Affairs Mansour Fadlallah Azzam and Assad’s media adviser, Bouthaina Shaaban.


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