MyS­pace and Tum­blr hit by ‘mega breach’

Fiji Sun - - Techworld - SOURCE: BBC

Hun­dreds of mil­lions of hacked ac­count de­tails from so­cial net­works MyS­pace and Tum­blr have been ad­ver­tised for sale on­line. In both cases, the lo­gins ap­pear to have been stolen sev­eral years ago but only re­cently came to light. The in­ci­dent comes the same month it emerged that a four-year-old data­base con­tain­ing more than 167 mil­lion LinkedIn IDs 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 had been breached in 2011 - had been of­fered on a hack­ing fo­rum at the start of the month. “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,” he blogged.

“Even if th­ese events don’t all cor­re­late to the same source. 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?

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