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Security problems at IHUG
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IHUG subscribers have been told to change their passwords after security was breached and a password file used to send junk email to many of IHUG's customers.

In a letter to customers, IHUG said "We have experienced a small security breach that affects people who joined us before June of this year".

In shades of the Xtra fiasco which made huge headlines around the country earlier this year, the letter goes on to say "This breach affects a limited number of people who were assigned passwords that followed a generic pattern ie: tue1234 etc."

IHUG claim that the password file was illegally obtained and it appears to be no secret how this was done. Will IHUG bring charges against the offender(s), one would think so.

This case serves as a timely reminder to Net users that they should always choose their own password and make it a non-word, preferably a combination of letters (of varying case) and numbers of at least 7 or 8 characters in length. It should also be changed regularly.


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