Pass­words of 1.7 mil­lion users leaked in data breach, con­firms Imgur


Im­age shar­ing web­site, Imgur re­cently re­vealed that 1.7 mil­lion users were hit by its 2014 data breach. The shock­ing case came into the lime­light only af­ter se­cu­rity re­searcher Troy Hunt re­vealed it. The hack­ing led to com­pro­mise of emails and pass­words of 1.7 mil­lions users. Hunt also said that 60 per cent email ad­dresses and cracked pass­words were leaked be­fore from other breaches. The se­cu­rity re­searcher was quite pleased with the im­me­di­ate re­sponse of Imgur. The com­pany in­formed its users and asked to change their pass­words.

Ex­plain­ing about how the se­cu­rity breach hap­pened, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer at Imgur, Roy Se­h­gal wrote in a blog post, “We are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing how the ac­count in­for­ma­tion was com­pro­mised. We have al­ways en­crypted your pass­word in our data­base, but it may have been cracked with brute force due to an older hash­ing al­go­rithm (SHA-256) that was used at the time. We up­dated our al­go­rithm to the new bcrypt al­go­rithm last year.’’

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