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Hacked LinkedIn Passwords Turned into Art

Posted by Jo on Dec 13, 2013 11:17:00 AM

Kasseler Kunstverein / Aram Bartholl - Hello world! © Nils Klinger - Sep. 2013Conceptual artist, Aram Bartholl has transformed last years LinkedIn security breach into a work of art. The social network was at the centre of the hack where millions of users who used weak passwords had them stolen and then published online.

Bothell, used the published data to create Forgot Your Password? The 4.7 million clear text user passwords, exposed by the hackers, have been arranged in alphabetical order, and beautifully presented across 8 hardback books.

The collection has toured Europe and is currently on exhibit in Germany. Visitors to the exhibit are encouraged to search the volumes for their passwords.

Bartholl also created a series titled Private Password, a pair of prints that list 10,000 of the compromised passwords in order of decryption. This series was on exhibit at the XPO Gallery, Paris during ‘Retweet if you wantmore followers” May – June 2013

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