Government recommends weak wifi password at NIX18 campaign




A campaign by the Dutch government to discourage minors to smoke and drink, gives out a security point moot advice on wifi settings. The campaign site generates weak passwords for networks.

The NIX18 campaign is an initiative of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and trying to make them young people aware that they should not drink and smoke, at least until they are 18 years old. Part of the campaign is the advice to let people name their wireless home network NIX change. The special site that has been previously set contains links to pages from different providers, where people can read how to do it.

The advice goes further and asks participants to change their password. “You wifi change NIX should not only be fun, but also safe. That’s why we created a password generator,” says the campaign website, “With one click of a button you can create your own unique password.” The NIX18 campaign claims that the generated combinations’ completely random ‘,’ long ‘and’ not easy to guess “his. The generator allows passwords of twenty characters, but only generates combinations that form the words “do not smoke do not drink.”

A look at the javascript code is also used on the used characters but limited alternate. When the N, R and K uppercase and lowercase letters are interspersed, E, T and O are only mixed with respectively 3, 7 and 0. I get four possibilities: the first, and I i. D has no alternative. That gives a total of 4,194,304 different combinations.


Even a password of four characters with uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters delivers almost double the number of combinations. Cracking the password is this childishly simple and can be done quickly. The total number of possibilities is to place it in a file that can be used for this purpose.

To crack networks are easily recognizable by the name ‘NIX. Attackers can monitor movement of such networks and tools like Aircrack-ng can then capture the hashes of the passwords. Such tools can use the file with the 4,194,304 combinations then to find that password within minutes.

Tweakers got the tip about the campaign Etiƫnne of Oudshoorn. The message on the password questionable advice comes on National Change your passwords Day, Tweakers as part of the Password Aware campaign, along with the Public Prosecution Service and the Safe Internet Foundation has created.

The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport Tuesday could not substantively respond to the notice.


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