Hackers steal easily guessed passwords

Friday, 24 October 2003, 11:27 AM EST

Hackers are increasingly resorting to social engineering techniques to obtain confidential passwords, as businesses become better at locking down and patching their computer networks.

And the bad news is that users are still very much the weak link when it comes to choosing and protecting their passwords, according to the results of a survey of IT security experts.

It found that 15 percent of those asked in an online questionnaire to give their network passwords in order to be entered into a prize draw happily clicked through to the page ready to divulge the information.

Paul Vlissidis, head of risk services at technology consultancy NCC Group, which carried out the survey, told silicon.com that the problem of staff -- and especially those in IT who should know better -- being lazy with passwords is leaving companies at risk.

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