How can it be 42 million dateless Aussies when the total population is only 20 odd million?
A hack against online dating site Cupid Media that led to the exposure of the personal details and plain text passwords of 42 million consumers appears to have been pulled off by the same group of hackers who pulled off an even bigger pwnage against Adobe. Names, email addresses, unencrypted passwords and birthdays from the …
"Facebook won plaudits from security watchers for its actions but the schemes like this can only mitigate against the problem without dealing with its root causes, lamentably awful password security practices by many netizens."
Isn't another of the root causes that there are still organisations out there which were still, in 2013 and after all the other high profile data losses, allowing trivial passwords and storing them unencrypted as if salting and hashing were esoteric novelties? Arguably they were even more culpable than their poor dumb users since you'd expect whoever they got to build their site to be professionals who were aware of the risks and actually had a clue.
So, this basically says that Facebook can reverse your password? My understanding was that for 'good security', and Zuckerberg being the "elite hacker-type" the media portrays him as we shouldn't have anything less, the password hashing / salting should not be reversible.
I like how the spell-checker in Firefox suggests 'Cocksucker' as a correction for 'Zuckerberg'. Unhappy former employee, perhaps?
I was wondering how many of the accounts were either fraudsters or prostitutes...
Although now we have a list of email addresses and a general gauge of how computer savvy they are, so now we'll be seeing fraud on the rise (mostly the classics: soldier in Middle East needs money to call home, 'hot woman' trapped in foreign country, green-carder, etc)
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