Twitter accounts hacked, including encrypted ones

  john bunyan 18:17 02 Feb 2013
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I hear that a quarter of a million Twitter accounts have been hacked, including some encrypted ones. See:

Twitter BBC

I am not a Twitterer as I think it is a bit narcissistic but if these people can hack encrypted files , is on line banking next?

  simonjary 21:54 04 Feb 2013
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I went to change my bank online password and discovered it won't allow characters other than letters and numbers. A few special characters (:£?) can help the security. That said none of us are as clever as the hackers and their algorithms so its probably impossible to be entirely safe.

  wiz-king 06:47 05 Feb 2013

That's because they dont move around the keyboard.

  fourm member 08:23 05 Feb 2013

alan14

Hackers use automated word searches that go through the whole dictionary.

How hard is it to copy that dictionary and replace every i or I with 1 and every o or O with 0?

How hard is it to write software to reverse the order of the letters so you're catching all those 'clever' people who think no-one has thought of that?

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