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Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:00:09 -0600
From: Jerry <>
Subject: interesting password cracking discovery

We've all see numerous security announcements, etc, about people using
bad passwords, including using password, spouse or child's name, etc.

I was recently running john against an old password file from back in
the 1995-1996 time period.  John has been running on the file for
awhile, and I just had a large group of password matches.

For what ever reason, a large group of people decided to use their home
phone number as a password.  Specifically, if a person had a phone
number of (123) 456-7890 , the had used 4567890 or 456-7890 as their

Password security, at least for many, has progressed a great deal since
the 90's, and I have seen all types of bad password security articles, I
just don't recall seeing people use phone numbers as passwords.

I am curious if others have observed similar occurrences, or if this is


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