Posted by HardOCP News 6:46 PM (CST)
Wednesday November 09, 2016
I would like this idea a whole lot better if there was just some way to not give money to crooks. Good idea, and it still means you are one step behind the hackers, but at least it's something.
To check that Facebook members are not choosing these commonly used passwords for their accounts, Stamos revealed, the social network buys passwords hackers are selling on the black market and cross-references them with encrypted passwords used on the site. He described the task as "computationally heavy" but said that as a result of the exercise Facebook has been able to alert tens of millions of users that their passwords needed changing because they weren't strong enough.