In a mournful, slightly depressed press conference, a collective of anonymous hackers bemoaned the general loss of public innocence earlier today.
“The happy hunting grounds are closed,” accounced the spokesperson to a packed media corp. “It’s just not going to be like it used to be.”
The press conference was arranged following evidence that over 98% of the online public are now following sound password security advice.
“There was a time when we could get using ‘123456’, ‘letmein’, ‘qwerty’ and ‘iloveyou’. We had a list of about 10 passwords that never failed. Even if you had to hack someone’s account, you could do it once and reuse the password for any account they owned. Now all that’s gone.”
The collective blaims the hack of online auction site eBay earlier in May, which saw the compromise of 128 million passwords. This followed a similar breach of 38 million passwords from software firm Adobe in November.
“You see it all the time,” admitted another in the group. “People are choosing new 10 character passwords, using unique ones for each site and changing them all every 4-6 weeks. It’s just a reflection of the damage done to public confidence following Snowden, and the terrible cost of high-profile hacks.”