Weak passwords are becoming an increased security risk for business owners and private individuals all over the world.
We often get into the habit of using weak, easy-to-remember passwords to save time and effort when logging into accounts, not realising that we are exposing ourselves to hackers by doing so.
The problems that weak passwords create, is not confined to personal accounts, and can also expose security risks for businesses, something that Sprint recently learned.
Sprint is the fourth largest US cell network with 55 million customers. By using two sets of weak, easy-to-guess usernames and passwords, a security researcher was able to access an internal Sprint staff portal. The portal’s log-in page does not use two-factor authentication, which enabled the researcher to gain access to personal customer data.