Re: I've seen a definite uptick in these
Recently a site at which I had registered through their "secure server" returned a clear text email with my login credentials, including my Carefully Crafted Unique Password (TM!). When I poked the site owner, he responded his IT staff said it was impossible to retrieve a password. Obviously someone was lying.
My point is many site owners are PHB's who are out of their technical depth on any matter relating to actual system operation.