Late last month, the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) experienced a massive data breach affecting 100,000 of its members. The breach left the usernames and passwords of its members exposed in plain text for a month.
The breach is an embarrassment for the IEEE, which describes itself on its website as:
"... the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity."
Basic data security methods include the encryption of sign-in credentials. CSO Online reported:
"Torsten George, vice president of worldwide marketing and products for Agiliance, a security risk management firm, called it 'plain stupid.' Paul Ducklin, writing at Sophos' Naked Security blog, called it, 'a veritable security disaster'... A number of IEEE members were also failing to use basic security... seven of the top-10 most popular passwords were combinations of the number string '1234567890,' in order. Others in the top 20 included 'password' and 'admin'..."