Sophos recently announced the findings of its report, Exposed: Cyberattackson Cloud Honeypots, which reveals that '123456' was the most attempted login password in the Mumbai cloud server honeypot that saw more than 1,376 login attempts by cyberattackers within a span of 30 days.
The honeypots were setup in 10 of the most popular Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers in the world, including California, Frankfurt, Ireland, London, Mumbai, Ohio, Paris, Sao Paulo, Singapore, and Sydney over a 30-day period. A honeypot is a system intended to mimic likely targets of cyberattackers, so that security researchers can monitor cybercriminal behaviors.
"Passwords are an important aspect of computer security – they are the front line of protection for user accounts in a very wide variety of services and systems. Unfortunately, people are not changing factory default passwords, which cybercriminals are counting on to carry out their attacks. Building strong, unique passwords and using a password manager to keep track of them is a best security practice everyone should use in this digital age," said Sunil Sharma, managing director sales, Sophos India & SAARC.
|Top 5 passwords (Mumbai)||No. of login attempts |
|Top 5 passwords (Globally)||No. of login attempts |
World Password Day is observed on May 2 every year to raise awareness on the criticality of using strong passwords. Sophos recommends the following four tips for building a stronger password: