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Anonymous Hacks Syrian President; His Password Was 12345

By - Source: Forbes | B 47 comments

Time to change everyone's password to 54321.

If we're honest, many of us are likely guilty of using sub-par passwords. However, chances are, if we were hacked, no one but us would have to know about it. The same can't be said for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, who is facing public ridicule after his account was compromised.

It seems al-Assad recently became the target of web hactivist group Anonymous; the group managed to successfully hack into his email account this week. That said, we imagine the job was something of a bore for Anonymous, which just last week revealed that it had managed to eavesdrop on a phone call between Scotland Yard and the FBI. After all, it can't have taken much hacking prowess to access an account protected with the world's second weakest password: 12345. To make matters worse, Anonymous was also able to access 78 accounts belonging to al-Assad's staff, with 33 of them using the same 12345 or 123456 passwords.

Forbes cites Israel's Haaretz newspaper in reporting that the attacked the mail server of the Syrian Ministry of Presidential Affairs overnight on Sunday. The breach has resulted in hundreds of emails from al-Assad and his staff being leaked. Among them was correspondence between Syrian UN Mission Sheherazad Jaafari and Assad's media advisor Bouthaina Shaaban discussing preparation for the president's interview with Barbara Walters.

Syria's no stranger to the attention of Anonymous at this point. In August of 2011, the group hacked the government's defence ministry. Just a few weeks later, they hacked into and vandalized several of the country's government websites.

To read more about the group's most recent efforts, head over to Forbes.

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    zak_mckraken , February 8, 2012 8:11 PM
    santeana*Insert "Spaceballs" joke here* lol

    That's the stupidest combination I've ever heard in my life! The kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!
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    AznCracker , February 8, 2012 8:06 PM
    lol what an idiot. passwords with only number can be hacked in minutes.
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    jaber2 , February 8, 2012 8:09 PM
    I am guessing he is going to change it to abcde instead.
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    AznCracker , February 8, 2012 8:06 PM
    lol what an idiot. passwords with only number can be hacked in minutes.
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    TheMaristBoy , February 8, 2012 8:07 PM
    Face it, if your password is as simple as that, then you deserve to be hacked.
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    mouse24 , February 8, 2012 8:07 PM
    LOLOLOL, if that was his password he deserved it... seriously...
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    Anonymous , February 8, 2012 8:08 PM
    HAHAHAHAHAHA

    Man I want to read some of those..

    What a LOSER!
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    drwho1 , February 8, 2012 8:09 PM
    1,2,3,4,5... Jump!
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    jaber2 , February 8, 2012 8:09 PM
    I am guessing he is going to change it to abcde instead.
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    zak_mckraken , February 8, 2012 8:11 PM
    santeana*Insert "Spaceballs" joke here* lol

    That's the stupidest combination I've ever heard in my life! The kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!
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    stm1185 , February 8, 2012 8:13 PM
    jaber2I am guessing he is going to change it to abcde instead.


    I think you give them too much credit. Im betting its qwerty
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    gokanis , February 8, 2012 8:28 PM
    Dark Helmet: That's the stupidest combination I've ever heard in my life! That's the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!
    Skroob: 1-2-3-4-5? That's amazing! I've got the same combination on my luggage!
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    Markon101 , February 8, 2012 8:29 PM
    I love Anonymous, they have a good sense of humor. Whom ever uses 1234 as a password should be hacked.
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    stevo777 , February 8, 2012 8:29 PM
    What's his next password, 98765?
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    warmon6 , February 8, 2012 8:33 PM
    For a government, i would of thought there would of been a slightly better password........ Guess not......

    ROFL!
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    Supernova1138 , February 8, 2012 8:35 PM
    I guess he was too busy cracking down on protesters to think up a decent password. Well, now we know he is a really stupid dictator. Is it really too much to ask for all those 'presidents for life' to be smarter about their passwords.
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    cookoy , February 8, 2012 8:37 PM
    must be a preassigned password so his staffs can know when they will be sacked
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    ithurtswhenipee , February 8, 2012 8:38 PM
    Hacked? More like password guessed.
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    captaincharisma , February 8, 2012 8:38 PM
    wow they are really elite. no one else would think to try the simple passwords first lol
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    elkein , February 8, 2012 8:40 PM
    OMG I instantly snap the thoughts about spaceballs. With lameness like this around no wonder I've never had hacking issues on my servers, there are easier targets around.
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    Anonymous , February 8, 2012 8:42 PM
    "I've Got the Same Combination on My Luggage!" Spaceballs he Movie, President Screw
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    southernshark , February 8, 2012 8:47 PM
    jaber2I am guessing he is going to change it to abcde instead.


    No his native language is Arabic, so the Roman Alphabet would not be his cup of soup. He will probably change it to Assad1.
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    g-unit1111 , February 8, 2012 8:51 PM
    President Skroob, salute!!!
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