Storing passwords in cleartext was considered bad, incompetent practice since the 1970s, at the very least. Probably earlier. Anyone doing it in 2012 was grossly incompetent.
> Anyone doing it in 2012 was grossly incompetent.
@liw or had ulterior motives?
@jonw We did. The Unix /etc/passwd file was world-readable, but that was (supposedly) OK because the password field was encrypted.
And the vast majority of networks were not inter-connected back in the 70's so breaches were relatively local.
Only elites such as Military/Intelligence and some Academia would have been inter-connected. They had at least a 20 year head-start on the rest of the world to figure out best practice. Those studying in elite institutions like Harvard would have known about best practice.
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