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One in ten PINs can be correctly guessed first time: Research reveals the most used numbers, with 10% of us STILL using 1234
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2013 13:01:55 +0000 (UTC)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2383200/One-PINs-correctly-guessed-time-Research-reveals-20-commonly-used-numbers.html

By VICTORIA WOOLLASTON
Mail Online
2 August 2013

Despite a rise in credit card fraud, the most commonly-used PIN is still 1234, with 1111 and 0000 coming in second and third.

Research has revealed that one in ten codes is so obvious it would take criminals just one attempt to guess it correctly, while more than a quarter of the codes are used so often they can be guessed in fewer than 20 attempts.

The study from DataGenetics analysed 3.4 million four-digit codes and found that many people use birth years as PINs, making it even easier for hackers to guess a code simply by finding out a person's age from online accounts.

Research from security experts McAfee has found that 17 per cent of people in Europe have been victims of credit card fraud, at a cost of £1,076 per person. Last year the total cost of credit card fraud in the UK from criminals hacking and cloning cards was £42.1 million and the total amount of fraud committed through all credit card-related crimes was £388 million.

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