Anonymous hacks Syrian Ministry; passwords ’12345′

By on February 9, 2012
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One of their easier ‘jobs’,


In what was undoubtedly one of their most easiest hacks to date, infamous hacktivist group Anonymous cracked the passwords of 78 email addresses from the Syrian Ministry of Presidential Affairs over the weekend to expose some interesting emails.

We’ll not be going into details of these emails themselves, which reveal some scandalous information on how Syrian president Bashar Al Assad was prepped for his now infamous interview with ABC last year. However, what’s more interesting to note is that 33 of the hacked 78 emails, 4 of which seem duds, had their password set as “12345″ as reported by Forbes.

Analyzing the data further it seems that 2 of these accounts are dead, while another one is just made for testing. Furthermore, one user has 5 different variations of their email, another with 2 more variations; with the same password of course.

Not denying that Anonymous wouldn’t have been able to hack more complex passwords, but at least the public wont ridicule you if your password got hacked and came out to be the second most simple password in existence.



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