Most-used stolen Yahoo password was 123456

I mean, seriously now. That’s the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage.

According to Anders Nilsson, security expert and chief technology officer of Scandinavian security company Eurosecure, 1,666 of the 450,000 stolen Yahoo passwords were “password,” and 780 used the word “password” in their password. ”Welcome” appeared in 534 passwords.

There are lots more fun details about how poorly we choose passwords for ourselves in Nilsson’s excellent analysis, which can be found here.

Update: The human race is slightly less stupid than CNNMoney initially believed. I first read Nilsson’s figures as 38% of people used “password” as their password, when it was actually 0.38%. As always, I’m the stupid one. -David