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    Virgin Media User Embarrassed by Randomly Generated WiFi Password

    This is a discussion on Virgin Media User Embarrassed by Randomly Generated WiFi Password within the General Computing and Internet forums, part of the Community channel category; Virgin Media User Embarrassed by Randomly Generated WiFi Password - ISPreview UK Cable operator Virgin Media has suffered a small ...

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      Virgin Media User Embarrassed by Randomly Generated WiFi Password

      Virgin Media User Embarrassed by Randomly Generated WiFi Password - ISPreview UK
      Cable operator Virgin Media has suffered a small bit of mild comical embarrassment after one of the randomly generated WiFi passwords for their SuperHub routers gave one elderly home owner a rather silly network key of (NSFW)...

      ... “gayfkers“. Naturally the customer in question, or rather her daughter, was less than pleased with the password choice: “Completely disgusted that my elderly mother has her Virgin Wi-Fi installed with THIS as her password?!” The situation was then made worse by the fact that the customer in question claims to have gay relatives, who would no doubt take offence.

      However it’s perhaps not fair to blame Virgin Media for this particular problem, not least since WiFi passwords are randomly generated (i.e. with 4 million customers something like this was bound to happen eventually), private and can / should be changed on the router as soon as you receive it.

      Indeed if anything Virgin Media’s only fault is that the password they generated was not very secure and easy to brute force attack. At the very least they should have perhaps tried to include some numbers and the odd UPPER-CASE character. It wouldn’t have hurt to make it a bit longer too.

      Otherwise the ISP has apologised to the customer and promised to tweak future password generations with a little extra “quality control.


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      Re: Virgin Media User Embarrassed by Randomly Generated WiFi Password

      With only 8 capital letters, I am surprised Sky's default passwords have not thrown up a howler.

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      Re: Virgin Media User Embarrassed by Randomly Generated WiFi Password

      Very true, but I would hope that all the providers would have some kind of measures in place to prevent them.

      This article goes to show that VM has failed.

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      Re: Virgin Media User Embarrassed by Randomly Generated WiFi Password

      It would be hard to write an algorithm that could match people's minds.

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      Re: Virgin Media User Embarrassed by Randomly Generated WiFi Password

      Quote Originally Posted by FelixTCat View Post
      It would be hard to write an algorithm that could match people's minds.
      If it could then the passwords it generates should be easy to guess.

     

     

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