These are the worst passwords of 2017

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That's your password? Try a little harder, people. (Image: Pexels)

Cyber security company SplashData has completed a study on the worst — aka least secure — passwords of the past year and not only are they as bad as you might think, you might have used one.

The company says it “estimates that almost 10 per cent of people” have used at least one of this year’s selection of the 25 worst passwords, and “nearly 3 per cent of people” have used the worst password, 123456, according to a report in The Independent.

The top 5 worst passwords are: 123456, password, 12345678, qwerty and 12345.

The list was compiled from more than five million passwords that leaked during the year. Most experts advise that you choose a password at least 12 characters long that mixes different character types and both upper- and lowercase letters.

See the top 25 worst passwords here.

Who says your vote doesn't count?

The split between Republicans and Democrats in the Virginia House of Delegates has been thrown into confusion after a single ballot was declared valid during a recount.

CNN reports, “After a recount Tuesday had Democrat Shelly Simonds declaring victory by a margin of one vote over Republican Del. David Yancey and Virginia Republicans conceding defeat, a three-judge panel deliberating the recount Wednesday declared a previously uncounted vote for Yancey valid.”

There has been disagreement over how the tie will be broken, and the decision will be scheduled soon after Christmas. A victory for the Democrats would split control of the House of Delegates 50-50, ending Republican control of the chamber.

Keep this story in mind the next time election day rolls around and someone tells you a single vote won't make a difference.

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On the bright side, spring is on the way, sort of.
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This robot took a college course. It even did a group project.

Bina48 became the first robot to successfully complete a college course this week, a class called the philosophy of love at Notre Dame de Namur University in California.

“The robot is modeled mentally and physically after a woman called Bina Aspen, who is married to technology entrepreneur Martine Rothblatt,” according to Inside Higher Ed.

Bina48 was first introduced to the class as a guest speaker to all of philosophy professor William Barry’s classes at HDNU and quickly expressed an interest in taking a class. Upon approval of Barry and his students, Bina48 enrolled in the philosophy of love, taking part in class discussions, a group project and participating in a debate with students from the Military Academy at West Point.

Bina48 completed the class and received a certificate of participation. The robot plans to take professor Barry’s robot ethics class the next semester.

Writer who tweeted racist remarks from Duke basketball game falsely obtained credentials

The (Raleigh) News and Observer reported yesterday that the president of website College Insider says a writer who sent racist tweets from a Duke basketball game earlier this month is not affiliated with the site "in any way."

"John Stansberry, who falsely identified himself online as a sports reporter for College Insider, allegedly took a photo of Greta Chen, a Duke first-year student, and her friends at the Dec. 2 men’s basketball game against South Dakota in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The photo was tweeted along with a racial comment," according to an Observer report.

Stansberry was exposed after Chen posted the tweets on her Facebook account.

College Insider president Joe Dwyer told the Observer that Stansberry, who has since deleted his Twitter account, "departed his contractor role three years ago and fraudulently gained press credentials."

Last But Not Least: Missouri town creates 177-foot Christmas stocking

Sedalia, Mo. hopes to break a world record with a 177-foot stocking that is so big, the town doesn't even have a building tall enough to hang it on.

A local radio host came up with the idea as a way to promote Community Santa, a program that gives presents to children during the holidays. Volunteers have been sewing the stocking since October.
Today's Morning Scoop was compiled by Natalia Kolenko, Gigi Foster and CMN Staff. Have you finished your holiday shopping yet?