Hack of Adobe accounts reveals most common passwords


In early October, Adobe’s security was penetrated and millions of online credentials were stolen. A recently analysis of the passwords that were taken show that the most popular password among Adobe’s 38 million users was “123456”, used by roughly 1.9 million accounts. And it isn’t the only easy to guess password on the list of most common passwords stolen.

Other passwords that topped the list of popular passwords used are “qwerty”, “123456789”, “adobe123”, and the ever popular “password”. Here is the list of top twenty popular passwords found in the list of 38 million:

  • 123456
  • 123456789
  • password
  • adobe123
  • 12345678
  • qwerty
  • 1234567
  • 111111
  • photoshop
  • 123123
  • 1234567890
  • 000000
  • abc123
  • 1234
  • adobe1
  • macromedia
  • azerty
  • iloveyou
  • aaaaaa
  • 654321

Adobe assures their users that hackers did not gain access to other critical data, like financial information. They do however admit to flaws in the way that Adobe stored passwords. Apparently, the passwords were stored with clues in a giant file… which was then taken by hackers. Really, Adobe?

[via BBC News]

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  • [@Bruce Fraser] It’s not the impersonating I’m worried about it’s the spam. I have just received my first spam email to the email address I used to purchase a product from Adobe. I have not used that email address anywhere else so the only way the spammers could have got it is when Adobe was hacked. Thankfully as the address is not used anywhere else it is easy to change it with Adobe and just delete the old one (I have been smart for the last year or so and have been using a unique email address with everything I sign up to – for this very reason!)

  • Ghenghis McCann

    What happened to “trustno1”? It always used to be on the lists of most common passwords. Where have all the “X Files” fans gone?

  • Grantwhy

    xkcd’s response:

    (NOTE: not ACTUAL passwords, just examples used to show what Adobe did.)

    and peoples guesses at the passwords
    (scroll down past the Explanation section)

  • Grantwhy


    President Skroob! Salute! Hail Skroob!


  • Kevin

    123456? I use the same combination on my luggage!

  • Bruce Fraser

    I have an Adobe account, but all I’ve ever used it for is to download files of their free software, and perhaps once upon a time make a comment in its forum.
    So why should I care if someone else impersonates me? I use the same easy-to-remember password on probably fifty similar websites.
    Now, for websites where identity matters — like DotTech.org of course!, I use a substantial password.