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Hacked French network exposed its own passwords during TV interview

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#1 NickAu


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Posted 09 April 2015 - 11:18 PM


While French authorities continued investigating how the TV5Monde network had 11 of its stations' signals interrupted the night before, one of its staffers proved just how likely a basic password theft might have led to the incident.

In an interview with French news program 13 Heures, TV5Monde reporter David Delos unwittingly revealed at least one password for the station's social media presence. That's because he was filmed in front of a staffer's desk—which was smothered in sticky notes and taped index cards that were covered in account usernames and passwords.

Delos's segment revealed the usernames and passwords for TV5Monde's Twitter and Instagram accounts, but they were too difficult to read in an archived video of the broadcast. That wasn't the case for the YouTube information, however; Twitter user pent0thal confirmed that account's displayed password was "lemotdepassedeyoutube," which translates in English to "the password of YouTube."

Hacked French network exposed its own passwords during TV interview


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Posted 10 April 2015 - 11:28 AM

Given the password they chose for youtube I think their passwords for other sites could be guessed, the convention they are using is quite clear. They might have only had 1 password clearly compromised but they ought to change all their others too. A warning on the risks of using the same password (or same convention for passwords) on many different accounts.
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Posted 11 April 2015 - 10:51 AM



Good grief.

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