The 5 most read articles this week: August 15 to 21

Here are the five most popular articles, as read by you the reader, in the week for August 15 to 21.

50% of corporate passwords crackable within a few minutes
50% of corporate passwords crackable within a few minutes

50 percent of corporate passwords crackable within a few minutes

New research from Trustwave, which analysed around 620,000 passwords (harvested during pen testing) over a two-year period, reveals that half of corporate passwords can be cracked within "the first few minutes," with 92 percent being cracked within 31 days.

GCHQ tries to hack every server in 27 countries

British spy agency GCHQ has been scanning every public-facing server in 27 countries for years to find any weak systems it can hack, according to the latest media reports

UK cyber experts star in BBC 'house of hacking horrors' test

Security experts from Sophos, NCC Group and Nettitude have taken centre stage in an experiment run by the BBC to find out how insecure smart home devices like TVs, fridges and webcams are.

UK Ministry of Defence launches £2 million cyber defence competition

The British government has kicked-off a £2 million contest to find new ways to protect the Ministry of Defence (MoD) computer systems from cyber-attacks using automated threat response.

Fake Tor website serves up malware

A new website,, may look almost identical to the original Tor Project but is in fact a fake serving up malicious software.

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