Top domains and passwords compromised by Yahoo breach

A more complete list of the domains hit and commonly used passwords as compiled by CNET's Declan McCullagh.

The breach of one of Yahoo's sites reignited concerns over the vulnerability of the favorite Web sites that we visit.

But in reality, roughly 450,000 login credentials were compromised -- a small number relative to the total users on the Internet. Yahoo said less than 5 percent of the accounts had valid passwords.

The following is a list of the top 20 e-mail domains and frequently used passwords that were hit, as compiled by CNET's Declan McCullagh:

Domains
1. Yahoo.com (137,559)
2. Gmail.com (106,873)
3. Hotmail.com (55,148)
4. Aol.com (25,521)
5. Comcast.net (8,536)
6. Msn.com (6,395)
7. Sbcglobal.net (5,193)
8. Live.com (4,313)
9. Verizon.net (3,029)
10. Bellsouth.net (2,847)
11. Cox.net (2,260)
12. Yahoo.co.in (2,133)
13. Ymail.com (2,077)
14. Hotmail.co.uk (2,028)
15. Earthlink.net (1,943)
16. Yahoo.co.uk (1,828)
17. Aim.com (1,611)
18. Charter.net (1,436)
19. Att.net (1,372)
20. Mac.com (1,146)

Passwords
1. 123456 (1,667)
2. password (780)
3. welcome (437)
4. ninja (333)
5. abc123 (250)
6. 123456789 (222)
7. 12345678 (208)
8. sunshine (205)
9. princess (202)
10. qwerty (172)
11. writer (164)
12. monkey (162)
13. freedom (161)
14. michael (160)
15. 111111 (160)
16. iloveyou (140)
17. password1 (139)
18. shadow (134)
19. baseball (133)
20. tigger (132)

Securi Labs also offers a handy tool to help you find out whether your Yahoo email was compromised.
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About the author

Declan McCullagh is the chief political correspondent for CNET. You can e-mail him or follow him on Twitter as declanm. Declan previously was a reporter for Time and the Washington bureau chief for Wired and wrote the Taking Liberties section and Other People's Money column for CBS News' Web site.

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Roger Cheng is the executive editor in charge of breaking news for CNET News. Prior to this, he was on the telecommunications beat and wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade. He's a devoted Trojan alum and Los Angeles Lakers fan. See full bio

 

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