Jeff Moeller, editor of LFNetwork, said that the site that got hacked is not actively maintained any more. The fan site targets males 18 to 34 years old, and evidently none of the other UGO or IGN sites were targeted.
Of the 23,389 passwords stolen, 71 percent were weak. Only 13 percent of the passwords were strong. The average password length was 7.6 characters. About 4.3 percent of the passwords were less than 5 characters, and only 4.7 percent of the passwords were more than 10 characters long.
Hacking a game web site password isn’t too big a deal. But the problem is that users often reuse their passwords on more important sites, like online banks. Studies show that 50 percent of passwords are reused.
Feinman said, “Passwords are a digital identity and password reuse is a serious problem that could lead toward identity fraud.”
One of the users had a password that was 42 characters long. That person took trouble to protect himself or herself. But since the web site stored the passwords in an unencrypted format, the password is out there for everyone to see now.
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