617 million accounts hacked: Websites exposed, details up for sale and more
NEW DELHI: A new cyber hack has been reported online in which the details of 617 million users have been compromised. According to a report by The Register the 617 million accounts have been hacked and their details are up for sale on the dark web.
The report also added that the data breach occurred from 16 different websites. The list of hacked websites include Dubsmash, MyFitnessPal, MyHeritage and others.
What data was stolen
The data breach include the email addresses, passwords, personal and location details of the users. The Register spotted the listing of hacked accounts on Dream Market and the data is up for sale for less than $20,000 in Bitcoin. The report also suggest that the accounts have been hacked last year. As per the report the hackers cracked the security vulnerabilities within these apps and extracted the account information of the users.
The Register also mentioned that it contacted MyHeritage to check if the sample information was real or fake. The site confirmed that they suffered a data breach last year and the piece of information was real. The other websites such as 500px and EyeEm also confirmed that the account information of their users were stolen from their servers. Both the websites are also informing their users about the data breach and are also asking them to change the passwords.
What users can do now
A security researcher Gavin Millard to the Independent that users should check of their emails have been compromised or not by checking it on the Have I Been Pwned website. The website is known for collating all the major data breaches.
Earlier this year, one of the biggest data leak was reported which compromised the data of 773 million users. The data compromised in the attack consisted of email IDs and passwords. The data leak was first discovered by security researcher Troy Hunt. He added that the data is available online and can be downloaded by anyone. Troy also warned that the list can be used by criminals to carry out hacking attacks.