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Having passwords hacked is something the public never wants to hear, but up to two million people who use Facebook, Twitter, and email services had their online security put at risk this week due to too simple, almost foolish password usage. A cybersecurity group housed in Chicago, Trustwave, recently discovered a secret blog site that was openly revealing millions of people’s stolen passwords from around the world, a majority of which were hacked simply because their log-in attempts were so easy to guess, MarketWatch confirms this Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.

Many passwords hacked prompted Trustwave to expose that up to two million accounts on the Web have been put at serious risk and virtually compromised due to a dubbed Pony “botnet” controller virus. Known on the Internet world as a keylogging and spy malware that maliciously installed itself on global computers, the virus hacked many people’s accounts on sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Some of the most common passwords that were jeopardized, adds the report? Frequently foolish and too-simple passwords hacked were “123456”, sometimes just “1234”, and of course, “password” itself. If this is your current log-in credential for an important business or social media site, consider changing it, urges the report.

SpiderLabs, called an “elite team of ethical hackers” from Trustwave, recently revealed that a blog of thousands upon thousands of website log-in information details were stolen by Pony. This online “bot” theft was recently posted to their site in attempt to let people know how at risk their passwords can be, and how their information can be stolen and hacked, due to the use of foolish or overly common credentials. According to the report, over 315,000 Facebook passwords were hacked, 20,000 Twitter accounts, and a total of over 100,000 Yahoo and Google accounts combined.

Want to avoid having your Facebook, Twitter, or other important passwords hacked in the future? Here are the passwords to avoid, concludes the report:

1. 123456
2. 123456789
3. 1234
4. password
5. 12345
6. 12345678
7. admin
8. 124
9. 1
10. 111111

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