And the Award for Most Popular Movie Used in Passwords Goes to…

A couple of weeks ago, we revealed the top Major League Baseball team names that are a homerun for hackers in conjunction with Opening Day. With the Oscars just around the corner, we’re refreshing our list to share the top movie titles used in leaked passwords.

While the entertainment community and film fans worldwide wait with anticipation to see what films will walk away with the most prestigious award in entertainment, we at Specops are rolling out the red carpet to reveal the most popular movies of all time found within our breached password list.

According to our new research, which analyzed more than 800 million breached passwords – a subset of Specops Breached Password Protection, which contains over 4 billion passwords breached passwords – fan favorite ‘Rocky’ took the #1 spot, showing up on breached password lists nearly 96,000 times. Trailing close behind was ‘Hook’, which showed up in over 75,000 breached password lists and the ‘Matrix’ at more than 50,000.

Ranking the top 20 movies found in breach password lists:

  1. Rocky
  2. Hook
  3. Matrix
  4. Batman
  5. Psycho
  6. Superman
  7. Avatar
  8. Mummy
  9. Twilight
  10. Star Wars
  11. Spiderman
  12. Frozen
  13. X-men
  14. Ironman
  15. Jaws
  16. Shrek
  17. Twister
  18. Gladiator
  19. Titanic
  20. Terminator

While we present this breached password list in good humor, what shouldn’t be taken lightly is the negative impact that weak and compromised passwords can have on an organization’s cybersecurity risk. Passwords that show up on breached password lists can leave enterprise email, apps, servers and devices vulnerable to the unauthorized access needed to initiate a cyberattack.

To remain secure, companies need to implement robust password policies that address weak and compromised passwords, like those that are known to be breached. Specops Password Policy integrates password best practices and guidelines from NIST or CMMC, and makes it easier for IT admins to enforce stronger passwords and block weak passwords that appear on breached password lists.

Find out whether or not breached passwords like these movies are being used in your organization’s Active Directory environment with a free read-only scan by Specops Password Auditor.

(Last updated on September 15, 2023)

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