Microsoft seeks to mitigate laziness by banning popular passwords

Microsoft seeks to mitigate laziness by banning popular passwords, by Rene Millman.

Microsoft says it will stop users from choosing easily guessable passwords in a bid to prevent a repeat of the recently resurfaced LinkedIn fiasco.

The 2012 LinkedIn data breach may be the one that just keeps on giving with the news last week that 117 million customer email credentials originating from that hack were found for sale on the dark web. …

The weaknesses with allowing users to choose any password – or PIN code – they wish is that users are notorious for choosing badly. A blog post on Datagenetics.com demonstrated, through an analysis of PIN numbers, that an attacker need only try the 20 most common PIN codes to crack more than 25 percent of user accounts.