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Millions of Dailymotion account details taken

Details of more than 85 million users of video sharing site Dailymotion have been hacked, according to Leakedsource. The breach detection company said 85.2 million usernames and email addresses and 18 million scrambled passwords had been stolen on 20 October. But the passwords were protected with the Bcrypt hashing algorithm, which should make it hard for hackers to access accounts. In a blog, Dailymotion advised all its users to change …Read More

Arrested Russian linked to theft of 117 million LinkedIn passwords

A Russian citizen arrested in Prague was wanted in connection to the theft of 117 million LinkedIn passwords and login credentials, the social networking firm confirmed. “Following the 2012 breach of LinkedIn member information, we have remained actively involved with the FBI’s case to pursue those responsible,” LinkedIn said in a statement. “We are thankful for the hard work and dedication of the FBI in its efforts to locate and …Read More

Dropbox Says 68 Million Usernames and Passwords Stolen in 2012 Hack

Dropbox Inc. is forcing some users to reset passwords after discovering that 68 million usernames and passwords were stolen from the online-storage site during a 2012 hack. The company began resetting user passwords last week after learning people outside the company had obtained files containing the credentials, a company spokeswoman said. All users who haven’t reset their passwords since mid-2012 are being required to reset their passwords. Dropbox had previously …Read More

Password Sharing Is Now a Crime

In a truly terrible ruling, the US 9th Circuit Court ruled that using someone else’s password with their permission but without the permission of the site owner is a federal crime. The argument McKeown made is that the employee who shared the password with Nosal “had no authority from Korn/Ferry to provide her password to former employees.” At issue is language in the CFAA that makes it illegal to access …Read More

Stolen usernames and passwords still cause almost a quarter of all data breaches

Companies and consumers alike love “the cloud”. But the same security mistakes appear to be helping hackers steal data from cloud-based systems time and time again. And it’s against that gloomy backdrop that a new report by the Cloud Security Alliance, “Identity Solutions: Security Beyond the Perimeter”, makes a worthwhile read. According to surveys detailed in the Centrify-sponsored report, 22% of respondents whose companies had suffered a data breach said …Read More

One in five employees would sell passwords

Research finding issued by SailPoint Technologies with its annual Market Pulse Survey – included findings that one in five employees surveyed would sell their security passwords for the right price, 65% of respondents used a single password across multiple applications, and one in three employees purchase SAAS applications without informing IT, 84% worry their personal info is being shared, and 40% have access to applications after leaving their jobs. IT …Read More

The Worst Passwords of 2015

SplashData has announced the 2015 edition of its annual “Worst Passwords List” highlighting the insecure password habits of Internet users. “123456” and “password” once again reign supreme as the most commonly used passwords, as they have since SplashData’s first list in 2011, demonstrating how people’s choices for passwords remain consistently risky. In SplashData’s fifth annual report, compiled from more than 2 million leaked passwords during the year, some new and …Read More

Jimmy Kimmel gets people to give him their passwords

Online life has made us blase. We’re so enamored of everything being so convenient and free that we’re not too careful about someone taking advantage of that convenience and freedom. And so it was that Jimmy Kimmel decided to test just how carefree we are about our digital security. In one of his regular subterfuges, he sent his minions to the streets in an attempt to elicit people’s passwords. No …Read More

GCHQ is giving out advice on how to set a good password

The UK intelligence agency responsible for vast amounts of snooping, as exposed by the Snowden revelations, has released new password guidelines. GCHQ and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure have released a report entitled “Password guidance: simplifying your approach”, which suggests that complex passwords are no longer recommended. The agency instead recommends using passwords made from three random words, using password managers and jettisoning overly complex password rules …Read More