From time to time, yours truly receives email messages - particularly from people with Yahoo or gmail accounts - that result from someone guessing their passwords. The culprit then concocts a story about being stranded in Outer Slobovia and needing money. If you get one of these messages, don't send money and do let the account holder know his/her account has been hacked. The moral is to have a password that is hard to guess.
But then comes this word:
Steven M. Bellovin,
a computer science professor at Columbia, uncovered a startling fact.
The launch code for all U.S. Minuteman nuclear missiles for 20 years used the same code: 00000000. Bellovin discovered this after finding a 2004 paper by Dr. Bruce G. Blair, a former Air Force officer who manned Minuteman silos...