Hundreds of millions of hacked account details from social networks Tumblr and MySpace (yes, MySpace) have been advertised for sale online.
While Tumblr is a popular social media site today, to many it is a surprise to see leaked details from the more ‘outdated’ site MySpace. However, in both cases, the logins appear to have been stolen several years ago but only recently came to light.
This incident comes less than a month after it emerged that a four-year-old database containing more than 167 million LinkedIn accounts had been traded online.
One expert said it was “intriguing” all had emerged in such a short period.
Security researcher Troy Hunt also said millions of IDs from adult dating site Fling – which was breached in 2011 – had been offered on a hacking forum at the start of May this year.
“There’s been some catalyst that has brought these breaches to light and to see them all fit this mould and appear in such a short period of time, I can’t help but wonder if they’re perhaps related,”
“Even if these events don’t all correlate to the same source and we’re merely looking at coincidental timing of releases, how many more are there in the ‘mega’ category that are simply sitting there in the clutches of various unknown parties?”
Troy Hunt, Security Researcher
Source: Blog Post from Troy Hunt
Despite the age of the site, it is thought that the MySpace leak is the most damaging of all these breaches. The touted list which was released contains details for 360.2 million accounts, including email addresses and up to two linked passwords. In many cases, people may still be using these email addresses and matching passwords across their online accounts.
If you have any concern regarding this leak, it is best to reset all your passwords for your online accounts – especially if you are aware that they may have been compromised in some form by the breaches.
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