The account details of 617 million accounts of 16 websites, including popular websites such as Animoto, Dubsmash, MyFitnessPal, and ShareThis have been placed by hackers for sale on the Dark websites. The information put on sale includes details such as account holders’ names, their passwords, and their email address.
According to a report of The Register, other details available for sale in apart to the particulars mentioned above includes location data, social authentication key, and personal information. The only consolation is that any financial data like credit card details or banking passwords are not available in the listing on the Dark Websites. Additionally, the passwords available as a part of the hack are encrypted, which means that the information buyers must decrypt it before using it.
It has been said in the report that the above information is available for less than $ 20,000 in Bitcoin, which was equivalent to 5.59 BTC at the time of writing this article on Tor Network.
List of websites affected by hacks include: Animoto (25 million accounts), Armor Games (11 million accounts), Artsy (1 million accounts), Dubsmash (162 million accounts), MyFitnessPal (151 million accounts), ShareThis (41 million accounts), MyHeritage (92 million accounts), 500px (15 million accounts), BookMate (8 million accounts), Whitepages (18 million accounts), EyeEm (22 million accounts), 8fit (20 million accounts), HauteLook (28 million accounts) and Fotolog (16 million accounts).
Aware users the violation of security breaches
Specifically, while some of the above-mentioned websites, such as Animomoto, MyHeritage and MyFitnesspal, were aware of security breaches on their platforms and had informed beforehand about the matter to their users, the violations mentioned on some other websites the information is new and has not been told earlier.
Both 500px and EyeEm have informed their users about violations and are requesting them to change their password.
“As a precaution, we need all users to reset their 500px account password. A notification email will instruct affected data topics how they reset their passwords,” 500px wrote in a blog.
EyeEm wrote, “As a precaution, we have disabled your old password. Please go to the IEM and request a password reset.”
In the meantime, it is advisable to all users, who, as a precautionary measure, to write their services by any of these sites to change their password.
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