Over the past couple of days the headlines have been covered with the biggest data breach to date. It has been disclosed that the Myspace database leaked contained just under half a billion user credentials.
This is not the first large data breach we have seen this year. LinkedIn's big breach exposed over 100 million accounts and Tumblr's breach resulted in 65 million compromised passwords.
"We have invalidated all user passwords for the affected accounts created prior to June 11, 2013 on the old MySpace platform"
Unfortunately this does not retract from the fact that half a billion user credentials were leaked. So what can you do now?
If you use the same password for multiple accounts, STOP! Change your passwords as soon as possible. Ensuring that you follow good security practice and implement strong randomised passwords; using a mixture of alphanumeric, numeric and symbols. We understand that it is difficult to remember all of these passwords; therefore we strongly advice the use of a Password Manager. For further information in regards to passwords and their security please refer to our blog here.
Shortly before the Memorial Day weekend, we became aware that stolen Myspace user login data was being made available in an online hacker forum. The data stolen included user login data from a portion of accounts that were created prior to June 11, 2013 on the old Myspace platform. We believe the data breach is attributed to Russian Cyberhacker ‘Peace.’ This same individual is responsible for other recent criminal attacks such as those on LinkedIn and Tumblr, and has claimed on the paid hacker search engine LeakedSource that the data is from a past breach. This is an ongoing investigation, and we will share more information as it becomes available.