Bug Watch: The primitive problem of passwords

Friday, 11 October 2002, 3:21 PM EST

Stephen Byrne of Baltimore Technologies argues that recent security breaches have highlighted the inadequacy of passwords as a means of securing sensitive information.

Whether verbally exchanged with a security guard to gain access to a room, or typed in conjunction with a username to gain access to an IT resource, passwords have served us well for hundreds of years.

However, recent security breaches have shown the inadequacy of passwords as a means of securing sensitive information and may prove to be the final nail in the coffin.

In early August, BT Openworld admitted that its helpdesk had allowed users to bypass security checks and gain passwords for other peoples' accounts.

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