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“123456” and “password” once again reign supreme as the most commonly used passwords, as they have since Splash Data’s first list in 2011, demonstrating how people’s choices for passwords remain consistently risky.Yes, that's right, the passwords were not protected at all.They were stored by the hacked company in *plaintext* format. Security blogger Brian Krebs has reported that an intrusion at online dating firm Cupid Media earlier this year resulted in hackers getting away with the haul of valuable data earlier this year.We are currently in the process of double-checking that all affected accounts have had their passwords reset and have received an email notification." What's alarming is that there doesn't appear to have been any media reports confirming that a security incident involving customer data occurred at Cupid Media in January 2013. Here is a list of the ten most commonly used passwords, according to the Cupid Media customer database seen by Brian Krebs: These passwords would be abysmal choices if the websites had been storing them in a secure, encrypted format.That is very surprising if such a large number of users were put at risk. However, they apparently weren't even doing that - storing the passwords in plaintext, meaning they were instantly readable by the human eye as easily as you are reading this password right now.
In conversation with Krebs, Cupid Media managing director Andrew Bolton said that the database included details of inactive users, as well as current customers, and was probably related to a security breach that occurred at the company in January 2013.