The password “ji32k7au4a83” might look fairly secure thanks to its seemingly random jumble of letters and numbers. But surprisingly, that exact password has appeared in 141 data breaches, as cataloged by the site Have I Been Pwned and spotted by Gizmodo. It leads to the obvious question: how are so many people using this one password?
Robert Ou, a hardware and software engineer, first spotted this interesting chain of characters and challenged people to figure out why ji32k7au4a83 is so commonly used. Taiwanese internet users quickly decoded the answer. They noted that on a Taiwanese keyboard with the Zhuyin Fuhao layout, the string spells out 我的密碼, or “wǒ de mìmǎ,” which means “my password” in Mandarin. So much for a secure password.