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November 14, 2016

The Largest Breach of 2016: 412 Million FriendFinder Accounts Exposed



FriendFinder Networks, the parent company behind the likes of AdultFriendFinder, Cams, Penthouse, iCams and Stripshow has been hacked, with six databases from the company compromised, according to breach notification website LeakedSource.

A Local File Inclusion (LFI) exploit was all it took for server breaches that led to a mammoth 412,214,295 user-accounts’ credentials to leak online. Alarmingly, 99% of all available passwords gathered from the breach, are visible in plaintext.

CSOOnline reveals that information from the breached databases was circulating online since their compromise in October 2016. The incident itself is likely to have [...]

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September 22, 2016

Breaking: Yahoo Admits to Data Breach of 500 Million(!) User Accounts

Yahoo has revealed that information related to at least 500 million user accounts were stolen from its network in a 2014 incident. The perpetrator, the company believes, was a state-sponsored hacker.

In a significant announcement, Yahoo has revealed that the information of some 500 million user accounts have been impacted and stolen from a 2014 data breach, contrary to earlier indicators that the breach impacted 200 million user accounts from a 2012 cyberattack.

The stolen account information includes:

Names Email addresses Telephone numbers Dates of birth Hashed passwords (a significant majority which bcrypt hash) Encrypted or unencrypted security questions and [...]
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September 6, 2016

Russian Mega-Breach: 100 Million Plaintext Passwords Leaked

This particular case will figure among the biggest breaches involving plain-text passwords, of all time.

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August 31, 2016

68 Million Dropbox User Accounts Breached by Hackers

Hackers have stolen over 68 million account details from popular cloud storage platform Dropbox, a report has revealed.

The latest entry to the roster of mega-breaches sees the revelation of a massive compromise of Dropbox user accounts. Altogether, over 68 million user account details were compromised, stemming from a 2012 breach. Late last week, Dropbox announced a mandatory password reset for a number of user accounts, specifically those created during or before mid-2012, when the breach occurred. While Dropbox did not reveal the number of accounts facing mandatory resets, the decision to reset passwords was taken out of precaution, Dropbox wrote recently.

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