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Game Show Contestants Sue

You SCREWED US

on $580k Question

9/24/2012 5:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Question: What is the most common computer password?
A) Password
B) 123456
C) I Love You

Answer: Depends on who you ask ... because two former game show contestants are now suing the people behind "Million Dollar Money Drop" claiming they guessed correctly ... but were hosed out of the $580k prize.

TMZ obtained a lawsuit filed by Andrew and Patricia Murray ... who appeared on the Endemol-produced game show back in 2011.

In the suit, the Murrays claim they wagered $580k after receiving the question: "According to the data security firm IMPERVA, what is the most common computer password?"

The Murrays claim they guessed B, based on personal knowledge of surveys and articles and having  read numerous studies on the Internet ... but they were told they were WRONG.

On the show, which aired on FOX, they were told the answer was A ... and the Murrays lost their shot at the money.

But in the suit, the Murrays claim they were tricked by Endemol producers ... because, "IMPERVA did not conduct its own objective survey of computer users but rather supports its assertion that 123456 is the most common password based on analysis of a hacking incident involving a website known as RockYou.com."

FYI -- the hacking incident referenced in the suit occurred back in 2009.

In the docs, the Murrays argue "If [they] would have known that the question was pertaining to a random, single incident ... they would have hedged their bets and played differently."

The Murrays argue that they were "tricked" -- despite the fact they were promised there would be no "trick questions." Now, they're suing Endemol, FOX, and others for the $580k -- plus punitive damages and other fees.

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31.

kr    

uh I'm sorry but A is 100% correct

572 days ago
32.

kr    

Any company you go to who doesn't really care uses the word password. I have used that also.. I have never ever ever ever ever used 123456 nor seen a company use it

572 days ago
33.

Eli    

Good! It's a ****ty show.

572 days ago
34.

burning_plastic    

"According to the data security firm IMPERVA, what is the most common computer password?"

This means that whatever IMPERVA says is the correct answer.

I would be more willing to think about the "real" answer if these people weren't lying. If they are really that consumed with this question that they read studies and attend seminars on it they would have paid more attention to the question.

572 days ago
35.

jayman419    

Your article says they guessed B (which you have listed as 123456) but the answer was A (password).

But it goes on to say that IMPERVA declared 123456 was the most popular password by analyzing an incident involving one particular website.

I agree with the assertions in the lawsuit, though. It mentions a general data security firm, when the correct wording, if it's not a trick question, should have mentioned the particular hacking incident they were seeking the answer from.

572 days ago
36.

Spicy mag    

They should win. The show had the wrong answer! Pay up mofos.

572 days ago
37.

Gigi    

I didn't want to agree with the contestants at first, but after thinking about it, I think I am on their side. If it wasn't a study that was specifically designed for that purpose, I don't think that it is fair for that company to state that they know what the most common password is for the general population. Maybe in that one hacking situation, that was the most common password but I think for it to be really accurate, you have to do a study that includes many different variables......not just the passwords of people who go to one certain website. Maybe I misunderstood it all, but if that is the way it happened, I don't think it is really fair. Any question worth that much money should be either based on FACT, or a well done, well designed, accurate survey/study that was created just to find that specific answer. The problem is here though that they have no way to prove that they would have gotten it right, if they had known all the facts.

572 days ago
38.

cobrazombie    

B is the correct answer. 123456 is the most common. Look it up, dumbasses.

572 days ago
39.

Ace    

The reason the contestants will lose this suit has to do with what they signed. As with all game shows these days they signed a do***ent that said if we [the game show] screw something up its tuff SH*T for you. As long as the show didn't do something illegal the contestants lose. Jeopardy has you sign a waiver stating they do everything to insure accuracy of the answers, but if they screw up to bad for you.

572 days ago
40.

Truth    

MOST COMMON PASSWORD AT TMZ... "SPAM". DEFAULT PASSWORD ON LESLO'S PUTER... "IDIOT". KARCRASHIAN PASSWORD "BIGBLACKD*CK". #TRUTH!!

572 days ago
41.

Sue    

They obviously are not in the computer field cause anybody in the field for a while knows the answer to this question. Crying because they lost - boo hoo!! Nobody took it away from them. They guessed wrong.

572 days ago
42.

Kenn    

This game show is wrong too! If you are talking about

572 days ago
43.

Pam    

You are wrong TMZ. The couple actually guessed the answer 'PASSWORD' but were told the answer was '123456'. You have your facts flipped. And according to the responses so far it looks like your readers agree with the couple that the game show was wrong.

572 days ago
44.

Miki    

Just set-up service with the cable company for my internet, tv and phone. Guess what the password was for getting into my voice mail? You are right, password.

572 days ago
45.

furious cupcakes    

This is such an interesting piece of news TMZ. Great post.... We see these big money primetime game shows all the time, and never hear anything about the behind the scene going ons with these people. This couple in particular sounds like they have a legitimate claim, will be interesting to see how the court sees this one.

572 days ago
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