WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – The central bank of New Zealand released an official statement on Sunday announcing that they have been haxxed. They’re joining the ranks of other esteemed institutions who share the same claim to fame. The Associated Press reports that the bank’s cyber security was “breached by an unidentified hacker.” It just goes to show, even the most powerful institutions in the free world forget to change their passwords.
Don’t worry, New Zealand. It happens to the best of us.
In response, Adrian Orr, the governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand tried to assure the public that the breach had been contained- but it’s hardly comforting. Just think of all the headaches they could have avoided if they had simple replaced a few a’s with @’s. It’s not that hard, Adrian.
Orr went on say that the Reserve Bank Of New Zealand is ” working closely with domestic and international cybersecurity experts and other relevant authorities as part of our investigation and response to this malicious attack.” That’s all well and good, but have you tried adding the numbers 123 to the end of your password? That would probably help a lot.
According to Google’s very own recommendations for generating strong passwords, you want to choose one with 12 characters or more. If the bank’s password was something like Password69, for example, that wouldn’t be enough characters to keep them safe. They should go with something like [email protected] instead.
Password Suggestions For New Zealand
In fact, we’ve come up with a whole list of potential passwords for the Reserve Bank Of New Zealand. They can use any of these if they want, and their sensitive data will be safe.
We do not envy New Zealand the stress of changing so many passwords, but it’s important to do. According to the Associated Press the bank “declined to answer emailed questions seeking more details. This is is probably because they were changing their Gmail password too. Good on you, New Zealand Central Bank!
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