Wired: “Myspace users not so dumb”

Bruce Schneier writes in Wired “myspace users are not so dumb”. In an analysis of 32k myspace passwords collected through phishing it was found that the passwords were better than studies of passwords used in a corporate environment.
Age is one reason for the difference in password quality. Myspace users tend to trend younger. Corporations are still filled with people who don’t want to have a voicemail password at all much less a four digit PIN.
81% of the passwords are alphanumeric, but 28 % were merely a dictionary with the addition of one number (most often “1”).
The bottom line though is these password were obtained through phishing. So while they may be educated about selecting a good password, the security awareness job isn’t done.