Hacked adult webcam accounts
That way, if one of your accounts is compromised, your others aren't too—because hackers often use user logins taken from one breach and try them on other sites.
It's also good practice to enable two-factor authentication, where available.
Passwords are often a weak point, with people choosing easily guessed and easily cracked words.
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Sex and dating website Adult Friend Finder Network has reportedly suffered one of the largest – and potentially compromising – data breaches in internet history.
According to notification site Leaked Source, 412 million accounts were breached last month, compromising names, email addresses as well as weakly secured passwords.
Leaked Source said: The hashed passwords seem to have been changed to all lower case before storage which made them far easier to attack but means the credentials will be slightly less useful for malicious hackers to abuse in the real world.
The most disturbing revelation surrounds the weak state of the site’s passwords security, which the site said were either plain text (125 million accounts) or had been scrambled using the weak SHA-1 algorithm, which is considered trivially easy to crack (the rest).In September, forum data for 800,000 porn users came to light in an attack dated to 2012.Biggest and worst of all was the attack on dating site Ashley Madison in 2015 which compromised 37 million accounts, most of which were later leaked.The biggest tranche was 339 million users of Adult Friend Finder.com, “the world’s largest sex and swinger community”, with a further 62 million users of webcam site cams.com, 7.1 million users of Penthouse.com, and 1.4 million users of also lifted.The breach appears to affect not only current users but potentially anyone who has ever signed up to it or its associated network brands in the last two decades.