We all know very well that all the services and sites that are hosted on the Internet are exposed to attacks and to the power of data thefts of its users. After we met Uber’s situation this week, now there is now another case appeared where hackers stole information from 1.7 million Imgur accounts.
OMG! Hackers Stole Information From 1.7 Million Imgur Accounts
All the services and sites that are hosted on the Internet are exposed to attacks and to the power of data thefts of its users. Although not a desirable situation, sometimes happens and with very large impact.
After we met Uber’s situation this week, there is now another one, also with a big impact. In the well-known Imgur image publishing service, data were stolen from 1.7 million users.
It was Imgur itself who came to the public in its blog to warn of this situation. According to the company, this robbery will have happened in 2014, but only now they have been alerted to the situation.
In total, data from 1.7 million user accounts have been stolen, without any trace being left of that attack. The data, which is known to have been taken from Imgur’s servers, does not include any personal information of the users, being “only” the addresses of email accounts and their keywords.
According to Imgur, the robbery should only have been possible because, at the time, a weak security cipher algorithm was used and it was broken by brute force.
On November 23, we were notified about a data breach on Imgur that occurred in 2014. While we are still actively investigating the intrusion, we wanted to inform you as quickly as possible as to what we know and what we are doing in response. More: https://t.co/qElAetGVIc
— Imgur (@imgur) November 25, 2017
Imgur also informed that all these mechanisms have already been strengthened, but it is still investigating the causes that have empowered it so that they can correct the problems that have been encountered.
The recommendation made to the users of the service goes in the direction of these update their passwords and try not to use these in other services where they present with the same email addresses.
Of course this is not a normal situation, but unfortunately, it seems to be happening all too often. This case turns out to be worse since it occurred in 2014 and has only now been detected. The use of the stolen data may have already been done and the users have not even realized it.
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