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[wlug] Why 'ji32k7au4a83' is a Remarkably Common Password

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Peter Reutemann fracpete@w...
Wed Mar 6 09:15:53 NZDT 2019

'A seemingly complex set of characters like "ji32k7au4a83" is a very
common password among users, it turns out. From a report:

This interesting bit of trivia comes from self-described
hardware/software engineer Robert Ou, who recently asked his Twitter
followers if they could explain why this seemingly random string of
numbers has been seen by Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) over a hundred

Have I Been Pwned is an aggregator that was started by security expert
Troy Hunt to help people find out if their email or personal data has
shown up in any prominent data breaches. One service it offers is a
password search that allows you to check if your password has shown up
in any data breaches that are on the radar of the security community.
In this case, "ji32k7au4a83" has been seen by HIBP in 141 breaches.
Several of Ou's followers quickly figured out the solution to his
riddle. The password is coming from the Zhuyin Fuhao system for
transliterating Mandarin. The reason it's showing up fairly often in a
data breach repository is because "ji32k7au4a83" translates to English
as "my password."'

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Cheers, Peter
Peter Reutemann
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Waikato, NZ
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