Valentine’s Day is all about love – and Internet users are a romantic bunch. CybelAngel has come up with a list of the ten most popular love-themed passwords, based on millions of leaked credentials on the web.

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The Global Distribution System (GDS) is a unique tool used by travel agents worldwide to book air travel – yet it has very few security features. Unless the system’s IT infrastructure is overhauled, cybercriminals will continue to be able to access passengers’ personal data and hack their plane tickets.

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The dangers of unsecured connected devices were made all too clear in 2015 when the personal data of more than 3 million Hello Kitty clients, stored on an open MongoDB database, was leaked to the public. Today, companies continue to suffer from major data leaks caused by inadequate security, as seen in the Ghostshell affair.

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American financial planning company Ameriprise has experienced a major data leak, after information on investment portfolios worth millions of dollars was exposed on the Internet. Chris Vickery, a security expert at MacKeeper, detected this leak on 5 December using the Shodan connected device database.

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In late November, San Francisco’s public transport network was hit by a ransomware attack taking all ticket machines offline. Instead of shutting the transport system down, the Municipal Transport Agency decided to let users ride for free.

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