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Congress Needs a Lesson in Passwords

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Anonymous claims to have hacked the emails and passwords of some Congress persons and a bunch of their staffers, revealing that the members of our esteemed government have terrible password habits.

The list came via the Anonymous twitter handle OpsLastResort in protest of the NSA domestic spying revelations. The document claims to have the "current valid credentials" of more than 2,000 people. But, out of the kindness of their hearts, they "HAVE REMOVED SOME OF THE PASSWORDS AND SHUFFLED THE ORDER OF THE REMAINING ONES."

Even without knowing who chose what password, it's certain that Hill people need a lesson in Internet security, assuming the list is genuine. But, even if the list is fake, it's never too late to brush up on the rules.

Read more on The Atlantic Wire

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