username & password

Username & Password Pairs: Why Banning Just Passwords Isn’t Enough

Password blacklists are receiving considerable attention. It’s clear why: weak and compromised passwords are a factor in nearly all hacking-related cybersecurity breaches. Best practices from NIST require organizations to disallow the use of any common and compromised passwords. And several cyber security companies offer password blacklists for this purpose. But authentication requires a username and password combination, so shouldn’t we …

Credentials

Exposure of NIH, WHO, and Gates Foundation Credentials Underscores the Critical Importance of Credential Screening

Earlier today, news broke that unknown activists have posted nearly 25,000 credentials belonging to the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, the Gates Foundation and other organizations engaged in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. According to Souad Mekhennet and Craig Timberg at the Washington Post, “The lists, whose origins are unclear, appear to have first been posted …