A timely reminder to use strong passwords

You may have read about a security breach at Gawker Media, the company behind several websites including Lifehacker.

The server files have been posted at various locations around the web, so I thought I’d take a look. Finding your own email address and decrypted password in a file obtained online is a sobering experience, I can tell you. Fortunately, it was not a password that I use elsewhere, so no damage done. It was, however, a ridiculously “soft” password (all digits, if you must know).

Of course, my thoughts soon turned to data analysis. A quick and dirty bash one-liner reveals the top 10 passwords…
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