Why ‘ji32k7au4a83’ is one of the world’s most common passwords
Mar 07, 2019
Apparently “ji32k7au4a83” is one of the most common passwords on the internet.
Robert Ou, a hardware and software engineer, spotted the collection of letters and numbers. He tried to figure out why it was so common.
Fun thing I learned today regarding secure passwords: the password "ji32k7au4a83" looks like it'd be decently secure, right? But if you check e.g. HIBP, it's been seen over a hundred times. Challenge: explain why and how this happened and how this password might be guessed
— Robert Ou (@rqou_) March 1, 2019
- According to The Verge, Taiwanese internet users discovered that the phrase is actually a common collection of characters in Mandarin.
- See, “ji32k7au4a83” actually spells out the phrase “我的密碼 on a Taiwanese keyboard. That phrases, “wǒ de mìmǎ,” actually means “my password” in Mandarin, The Verge reports.
- Interestingly, the phrase “au4a83” also appeared in 1,495 different data breaches. Those letters and numbers combine to read “password” using the same Taiwanese keyboard, according to The Verge.
Lessons: “The lesson here is that even if you’re using a custom keyboard that generates strings of letters and numbers that can mystify many English speakers, using something that equates to ‘password’ as your password is still a bad idea. Someone out there will know exactly what you’re trying to do,” according to The Verge.