Here are 500 passwords you should never, ever use

You might want to swap out “Blink182” for another band.


Taylor Hatmaker


Published Sep 2, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 4:17 pm CDT

An iCloud hacking tool that could be behind the proliferation of illegally obtained nude celebrity photos has a few suggestions about making a stronger password. Well, 500 of them, really.

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When a tool known as iBrute bubbled up to the surface of Hacker News yesterday, speculation turned to a vulnerability in iCloud’s Find My iPhone feature as a possible source for the cache of photos. And while it’s not clear if iBrute or a similar method was actually the route into the private photo collections of Jennifer Lawrence and others, the weakness in iCloud—which Apple has since patched—is certainly cause for alarm.

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Posted to GitHub, iBrute is a brute-force tool, meaning that it breaks into an account by guessing one password after another in rapid succession. It’s a pretty crude kind of hack, made possible by weak passwords and an unsettling loophole in Find My iPhone that failed to shut out suspicious users after a handful of failed login attempts.

Making a strong password is always in style, but this list of 500 weak passwords that came packaged with the iBrute hack is so last season. Here are some highlights:

  • Password123
  • Fuckyou2
  • Jesus777
  • Jesusis1
  • Princess4
  • Princess23
  • Princess19
  • College1
  • [email protected] (look at your keyboard)
  • 1qaz!QAZ
  • Devil666
  • Death666
  • Blink182
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If your password looks anything like any of these, sprinkle in a healthy dose of extra characters, numbers, and symbols before it’s too late. And if your password has been “Blink182” since Enema of the State came out, you’ve got bigger issues.

H/T Kevin Poulsen/Twitter | Photo via Anonymous Account/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Sep 2, 2014, 12:49 pm CDT