The Cybersecurity 202: Kanye West is going to make password security great again


Rapper Kanye West shows President Trump a photo of an airplane at the White House in Washington on Oct. 11. (Calla Kessler/The Washington Post)

“We at war,” Kanye West warns in his song “Jesus Walks” from 2004. “We at war with terrorism, racism, but most of all we at war with ourselves.”

The all-star rapper put a fine point on that message Thursday, when he inadvertently exposed his iPhone passcode to a crowd of news cameras during an Oval Office meeting with President Trump.

Now the world knows his six-digit security key: “000000.”

The clip of West mashing the “0” button as he unlocked his iPhone to show Trump a picture of a hydrogen-powered airplane he said could replace Air Force One went viral, prompting a wave of ridicule.

Motherboard writer Joseph Cox was quick to say it’s “literally the worst password you can have.”

From the editor-in-chief of Motherboard:

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