Spaceballs Comes True: Syrian President’s Hacked Password Was 1-2-3-4-5


To everyone who’s ever been frustrated when your work email forces you to change your password every couple months, listen up, because this story is effing hilarious:

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been under fire from world leaders to step down this week. He’s also under fire from hacktivist group Anonymous, who leaked hundreds of his office’s emails on Monday.

While Anonymous is infamous for its hacking know-how, it doesn’t take a genius computer programmer to guess one of the passwords commonly used by Assad’s office accounts: 12345. The string of consecutive numbers is the second-weakest password according to a 2011 study.

That’s right – the Syrian President’s office literally used “1-2-3-4-5″, the very same password infamously used by both King Roland and President Skroob in the movie Spaceballs as an example of a terrible password a quarter-century ago.

Below, watch the Spaceballs “combination” scene, which seemed like an exaggeration of presidential stupidity at the time:

Guess it’s too late for al-Assad to update that sucker to PASSWORD?

(Thanks, Abby!)

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