1234, which Betsy Isaacson of The Huffington Post reports, was the incredibly lame security digits Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was using for his private email.

As an added insult, the security flaw was revealed by an anti-government hacker, who described the process thusly:

After a week of attempting to decipher what they thought would be an enigmatic code protecting Assad’s private correspondences, one of the sophisticated cyber-burglars tried ‘thinking like an idiot,’ Al-Hayat reported Thursday.

‘You’re doing it wrong,’ said hacker Abdullah Shamri, recalling for the paper the moment at which epiphany struck one of his criminals-in-arms. ‘You always call the heads of the regime morons, so let’s try to work like morons’.