Brenton Moore

Military hardware hacked by default password – Experts say protect your jet

After a multi-billion military program was accessed by a default password, we delved into the seedy underworld of commonly used passwords that really shouldn’t be.



Let me preface the following criticism with a condescending I totally get it.

Recently, our serious sounding (and multi-billion dollar pricetagging) Joint-Strike Fighter and P-8 surveillance plane programs’ barbed wire (read: electronic) fence was breached by hackers.

The act itself was more the Great Wall breach than the Alcatraz breakout, as the security folk left the proverbial key in the lock, when they forgot to change the password from the default, “Guest”. Dearie doo. Although, fair being fair, I’d imagine the computations and death-dealing mathematics would tend to draw the team’s focus, as would the presumably stringent government timetables one would slave under. My point is that you tend to forget the small stuff, so techbro, you’re alright – hope you found a new job.


The act itself was more the Great Wall breach than the Alcatraz breakout, as the security folk left the proverbial key in the lock.


That being said, the world of password security is seemingly a fraught one, as the general rules of logic do not sit within the character limit. But, characters indeed there are, as the dweebs from SplashData have tabulated the worst, albeit most common, passwords we use as a species, because what a wonderful thing to donate your life to. The reigning King of Moron Mountain is “123456”, quickly followed by its forever antagonist “password”, as their bastardised inbred creations fill out of the top five. (I’m looking at your disfigured face, “password1“.)

For those still with me, there are some pretenders to the throne, with the ironically regal “Princess” the highest mover up the tree, climbing a frankly *insert topical Game of Thrones character*-esque 12 places. See! I’m down with the kids. I no longer have to turn my hat to the compass opposite to signal to the youth that I’m keen to converse. I now have references. References for dayze, wot… I’ll stop.

As for what passwords the experts believe you should step towards, well, they didn’t strictly say – which is very clever indeed. The first rule of password club is that you don’t disclose your password to the club. Skipping forward a couple of rules, I’d imagine if it was your first night at password club you’d have to remove your keychain and reset all your passwords barefoot.

I am Jack’s secure browser.


Brenton Moore

Brenton is somewhat a musician, somewhat a writer and has worked with a number of writers and musicians in Australia, and intends to continue doing so. Even if he has to work retail.

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