Hackers 'can attack through staff password'

lockCompanies are concerned that their employees are jeopardising their network security by not being careful about their passwords.

That’s according to Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, who observed that many people use the same password for all sites they visit.

This could result in an increased risk of phishing and viruses being spread, he added.

‘Many corporations are worried about hackers gaining access to their employees password, and many people base their password on the name of their pet, maybe the name of their girlfriend or wife, maybe their favourite football team – the kind of personal information that can be put on these sites,’ Mr Cluley noted.

‘If they’re using the same password for everything, chances are they are also using that password inside their corporation.’

The comments follow a recent survey by Sophos, which found that 63 per cent of systems administrators in organisations are concerned about workers putting too much information on social networking websites.

[Source: British Computer Society]

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