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Password breach hits 1.5 million eHarmony users
Only a few days after the LinkedIn breach, dating Web site eHarmony was hit with a similar attack that led to the exposure of 1.5 million hashed passwords. The firm's security practices were not as strong. Its security systems only saved the user's password -- despite some users owning multi-case passwords -- in upper-case characters only, further weakening the system.
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Last.fm next in line to suffer massive password breach
Next in line to suffer a security breach in June was Last.fm, which after claims of a similar attack on the online music social network. (ZDNet and Last.fm are both owned by CBS).
It became quickly apparent that the incidents were linked, but led to further widespread criticism of the password encryption standards and security features offered by Web services. In the aftermath, many Web sites and services bolstered their security to prevent such breaches occurring again.
July: Yahoo password breach exposes 450,000 user logins
Yahoo, beleaguered by corporate failures and a revolving door of CEOs, came under fire once again after hackers were able to attack the firm's networks by exploiting a flaw and downloading 450,000 plain-text login credentials.
While the breach was not as large as others, such as LinkedIn or Global Payments, but details of the breach were soon reported and it became quickly apparent how easy it was to acquire the vast cache of data. Using a union-based SQL injection attack, it showed just how insecure Yahoo's security was.
Yahoo was subsequently sued for negligence shortly after the hack in a San Jose, California court. The hackers said in a blog post: "We hope that the parties responsible for managing the security of this subdomain will take this as a wake-up call, and not as a threat." A week later, the former Web portal giant gave the all clear and resumed its operations.