The most hacked passwords of 2017

The most hacked passwords of 2017
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The most frequently hacked passwords of 2017 have been revealed.

Millions of people use basic number sequences, patterns, and even the word 'password' to keep their computers and accounts secure.

Published annually by security provider SplashData, the list of passwords has some new entries including 'monkey', 'whatever' and 'trustno1'.

'Starwars' came in at number 17.

SplashData CEO Morgan Slain says "Unfortunately, while the newest episode may be a fantastic addition to the Star Wars franchise, 'starwars' is a dangerous password to use."

The list is based on over five million hacked passwords that were made public in 2017, including from adult websites and the significant Yahoo hack.

SplashData publishes the list in the hope that people with think more about online security.

"Hackers are using common terms from pop culture and sports to break into accounts online because they know many people are using those easy-to-remember words," Mr Slain says.

The top 25 most frequently hacked passwords:

  • 123456 (unchanged for the fourth year in a row)
  • Password (unchanged)
  • 12345678 (up 1 from last year)
  • qwerty (up 2 from last year)
  • 12345 (down 2 from last year)
  • 123456789 (new)
  • letmein (new)
  • 1234567 (unchanged)
  • football (down 4 from last year)
  • iloveyou
  • admin (up 4 from last year)
  • welcome (unchanged)
  • monkey (new)
  • login (down 3)
  • abc123 (down 1)
  • starwars (new)
  • 123123 (new)
  • dragon (up 1 from last year)
  • passw0rd (down 1 from last year)
  • master (up 1 from last year)
  • hello (new)
  • freedom (new)
  • whatever (new)
  • qazwsx (new)
  • trustno1 (new)