Dating site passwords stolen
Unfortunately, e Harmony doesn’t offer much detail of the security incident – only saying that “a small fraction” of its userbase was impacted, and there is no information shared of how the data breach might have happened.
As with the Linked In breach, e Harmony users’ passwords were exposed in the form of hashes.
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“These credentials are like the iron ore of the cybercrime industry.” Ingevaldson said such personal information usually sells quickly, to fraudsters who use automated software programs to find sites where people used the same information they did to access the dating site.Online dating website e Harmony has confirmed that passwords for some of its users have been exposed in a security breach that echoes the high profile incident involving Linked In yesterday.In a blog post, e Harmony’s corporate communications chief Becky Teraoka said that the firm was resetting the passwords of affected users.Seven million of the people that logged in to the site used Hotmail.com, 2.5 million used Yahoo.com, and 2.3 million used Hackers are targeting popular websites to steal user names and passwords that they later use to try break into electronic-payment and mobile-phone accounts.
Fifty percent of the credentials were for people based in Russia, and 40 percent came from the European Union.