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32 million Rockyou passwords stolen

32 million Rockyou passwords stolen

RockYou, a publisher of gadgets for social networking sites have managed to lose over 32 million passwords in plaintext format. A cracker has infiltrated the network and has backed up his claims of theft by publishing exerpts from the list.

These passwords are often used by the public on sites such as MySpace or Facebook and people are more than likely to use the same password across multiple sites. In some cases these passwords and codes could in fact be tied into bank accounts and other financial based websites.

Further investigation to the SQL injection attack has shown that the company have been storing usernames and passwords for third party websites such as Hotmail and Myspace accounts, again in plaintext.

RockYou’s chief technology officer Jia Shen spoke to Venturebeat about this crack and he admitted it was extremely serious that the passwords were not stored in a non reversible hashed form – furthermore the database actually had no encryption, which seem like rookie mistakes to us. Shen stated that they were going to inform their user base of the breach and that the company had known of the attack for 10 days before going public to their customers.

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