Friday May 27, 2016

Microsoft Banning Crappy Passwords

Want to use your favorite password "123456" on OneDrive, Outlook, or Xbox Live? Good luck with that. Microsoft is putting a tool in place that will block you from using crappy passwords. It's for your own good.

When it comes to big breach lists, cybercriminals and the Azure AD Identity Protection team have something in common آ– we both analyze the passwords that are being used most commonly. Bad guys use this data to inform their attacks آ– whether building a rainbow table or trying to brute force accounts by trying popular passwords against them. What *we* do with the data is prevent you from having a password anywhere near the current attack list, so those attacks won’t work.