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Bob Dubner
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Password Security....should you change it often?
      08/05/16 02:02 AM

Ward, I have another one for you.

A woman who lives in my building has been having trouble with somebody
targeting her. So, although for you this is still "I know a guy who knows a
guy..." for me it's a bit closer.

Specifically, the bad guy repeatedly tried and failed, intentionally, to log
into my friend's back account, doing it enough times that the system locked
out the account. The bad guy then called the bank by phone and successfully
impersonated my friend, getting the bank to reset the password to the bad
guy's choice. The bad guy then proceeded to siphon some money out.

Within a few hours, my friend figured out something was going on, and got the
bank to do a password reset.

The next day, the bad guy started over and did it *again*.

The bad guy is clearly a very accomplished practioner of "social engineering".

The damage was modest, because other evidence suggested that the bad guy
wasn't actually targeting my friend's bank account. She is a finance officer
for a building management company that keeps the operating accounts for a
dozen or so large residential buildings in that same bank. The bad guy was
apparently trying to leverage his way into those accounts, which have many
millions of dollars in them. Those accounts, by their nature, have
additional safeguards, and the bad guy wasn't able to get close to them.

Within the last year somebody hacked into my e-mail server's account at
panix.com; for about a week they were logging in as me and sending much
spam. Changing that password made that problem go away.

<shrug> The problems are real.

The formation rules can be, I agree, ridiculous, except when you consider
that something like one third of all passwords are, simply, the word
"password".

I do wish the heuristics were often more flexible. If I use as a password
the phrase "to be or not to be, that is the gezorninplat" the furshlurginer
system has absolutely *no* call to reject it on the grounds that there are no
capital letters in it.

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* Password Security....should you change it often? Scott Dyer [HPN/NY] 08/03/16 07:18 PM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Ward Miller POU-NY   08/03/16 10:50 PM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Ray Tackett   08/04/16 10:30 AM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Ward Miller POU-NY   08/04/16 02:27 PM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Ray Tackett   08/05/16 12:26 AM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Ward Miller POU-NY   08/05/16 06:53 AM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Bob Dubner   08/04/16 08:45 AM
. * * Re: Password Security....should you change it often? Terry Carraway   08/05/16 06:49 AM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Ward Miller POU-NY   08/04/16 02:27 PM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Bob Dubner   08/05/16 02:02 AM
. * * Re: Password Security....should you change it often? Scott Dunham (RDU)   08/12/16 10:40 AM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Bob Dubner   08/12/16 10:51 PM
. * * Re: Password Security....should you change it often? Scott Dunham (RDU)   08/12/16 11:38 PM
. * * Re: Password Security....should you change it often? Richard Palm (PAO)   08/12/16 11:14 PM
. * * Re: Password Security....should you change it often? Ralph Jones   08/12/16 10:56 AM
. * * Re: Password Security....should you change it often? Scott Dunham (RDU)   08/12/16 05:24 PM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Ward Miller POU-NY   08/05/16 06:53 AM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Bob Dubner   08/05/16 11:42 AM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Ward Miller POU-NY   08/05/16 02:19 PM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Bob Dubner   08/05/16 08:47 PM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Ward Miller POU-NY   08/05/16 10:29 PM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Bob Dubner   08/06/16 08:00 PM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Ray Tackett   08/06/16 10:41 PM
. * * Re: Password Security....should you change it often? Ralph Jones   08/06/16 11:16 PM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Ray Tackett   08/07/16 12:00 PM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Ward Miller POU-NY   08/07/16 02:33 PM
. * * Re: Password Security....should you change it often? Ralph Jones   08/07/16 04:51 PM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Ward Miller POU-NY   08/07/16 06:50 PM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Ray Tackett   08/07/16 02:58 PM
. * * Re: Password Security....should you change it often? Scott Dyer [HPN/NY]   08/06/16 09:14 PM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Ray Tackett   08/06/16 10:41 PM
. * * Re: Password Security....should you change it often? Russell Holton   08/05/16 09:26 PM
. * * Re: Password Security....should you change it often? sreyoB yrraL   08/05/16 09:50 PM
. * * Re: Password Security....should you change it often? Russell Holton   08/05/16 02:37 PM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Ward Miller POU-NY   08/05/16 06:37 PM
. * * Re: Password Security....should you change it often? Russell Holton   08/05/16 09:19 PM
. * * Re: Password Security....should you change it often? Nancy Zeitlin [HPN]   08/05/16 05:11 PM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Bob Dubner   08/05/16 08:47 PM
. * * Re: Password Security....should you change it often? Scott Dyer [HPN/NY]   08/04/16 06:57 AM
. * * Password Security....should you change it often? Ray Tackett   08/03/16 10:36 PM
. * * Re: Password Security....should you change it often? Russell Holton   08/03/16 11:10 PM
. * * Re: Password Security....should you change it often? Scott Dyer [HPN/NY]   08/03/16 10:47 PM
. * * Re: Password Security....should you change it often? Russell Holton   08/03/16 08:35 PM

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