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427 Million Myspace Passwords leaked in major Security Breach

427 Million Myspace Passwords leaked in major Security Breach
June 01, 2016Swati Khandelwal
MySpace has suffered a major data breach in which hundreds of Millions of users have had their account details compromised. You may have forgotten Myspace and have not thought of it in years after Facebook acquired the market, but Myspace was once-popular social media website. On Tuesday, Myspace confirmed that the company was hacked in 2013 and that the stolen Myspace username and password combinations have been made available for sale in an online hacker forum. The hacker, nicknamed Peace, who is selling the database of about 360 Million Myspace accounts with 427 million passwords, is the same hacker who was recently in the news for leaking 164 Million LinkedIn and 65 Million Tumblr accounts . "We believe the data breach is attributed to Russian Cyberhacker 'Peace'," Myspace wrote in a blog post . "Email addresses, Myspace usernames, and Myspace passwords for the affected Myspace accounts created prior to June 11, 2013 on the old Myspace platform ar

LinkedIn Boosts Security With New Session Alert and Privacy Control Tools

LinkedIn Boosts Security With New Session Alert and Privacy Control Tools
September 04, 2014Swati Khandelwal
With a need to give more controls in users' hands, LinkedIn has introduced a few new security features that the company says will help users of the social network for professionals keep their accounts and data more secure. SESSION ALERTS Just like Google, Facebook, Yahoo and other online services, LinkedIn has added a new option within the settings tab that allows users to see where and on what devices they are logged into their account. From there, users can sign out of various sessions with one click. This will include details about the users' current sessions, the browser name, operating system, carrier and IP address, which is used to give an approximate location of the device through which the session is occurring. Just like the Facebook feature, LinkedIn lets people to approve the devices to be used, and if somebody accesses a user's LinkedIn account from an unapproved device it will alert user. PASSWORD ALERTS LinkedIn has also introduced its password c

Millions of LinkedIn Users at Risk of Man-in-the-Middle Attack

Millions of LinkedIn Users at Risk of Man-in-the-Middle Attack
June 19, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Two year back in 2012, one of the most popular online social networking sites Linkedin spent between $500,000 and $1 million on forensic work after millions of its users' account passwords were compromised in a major security data breach. But, it seems that the company hasn't learned any lesson from it. WHAT IS MAN-IN-THE-MIDDLE (MitM) ATTACK Before moving on to the story, let us discuss some emerging and common threats against the social networking sites nowadays. If we talk about less publicized but more danger, then Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attack is the most common one. By attempting MitM attack, a potential attacker could intercept users' internet communication, steal sensitive information and even hijack sessions. Though MitM attacks are popular and have existed for years, a major categories of today's largest websites and social networking sites still haven't taken the necessary steps to safeguard their users' personal and sensitive data from the vulnerabil
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