Massive Stolen Password Lists From LinkedIn and MySpace Put Over 500 Million Passwords in Hackers’ Clutches

Massive Stolen Password Lists From LinkedIn and MySpace Put Over 500 Million Passwords in Hackers’ Clutches

Massive Password Lists Stolen and Shared

In the past few weeks, there has been a massive uptick in cyber attacks involving the use of stolen passwords to gain access to corporate email and other IT systems.  This increase can be traced to two recent events from May.  First, a hacker sold a list of 167 million LinkedIn account credentials (many including email addresses, usernames, and passwords) on the dark web.  Then, a few weeks later, the same hacker sold a bigger list containing 427 million MySpace usernames and passwords.  Very soon, both of these lists had been re-sold, copied, and shared around with hacker groups around the world.

Why These Password Thefts Matter   vicepwds

Now, most of us aren’t particularly worried about hackers getting into our LinkedIn or Myspace accounts as nothing critically important is kept there. However, the real impact of these breaches is due to the fact that millions of people re-use the same usernames and passwords for everything, and therefore this same list of usernames and passwords can be used to login to many corporate e-mail, IT, online banking, and other vital accounts.

What You Can Do About It

1. Make sure you never re-use old passwords

2. Periodically review and change all important passwords on your network

3. Use strong passwords

4. If you ever used a password on LinkedIn or Myspace or any other breached site, make extra sure that you have not reused that password for anything else.

 

Sources:

https://motherboard.vice.com/read/another-day-another-hack-117-million-linkedin-emails-and-password

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/427-million-myspace-passwords-emails-data-breach

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