Another Sony hack yielded a database of 1,000,000 plaintext passwords. Why does Sony have plaintext passwords? Because they're idiots and deserve to suffer a civil lawsuit. But Sony's negligence is security researchers' gain: check out this analysis of the password haul. The most astonishing result:
Two thirds of people with accounts at both Sony and Gawker reused their passwords.Passwords are a broken mechanism of authentication. They are weak, dangerous, and difficult for naïve users to use correctly. It's time to end passwords.