Hacker Who Stole Info of 600 Mn Users Breaks into 127 More Records from 8 SitesSci-Tech

February 15, 2019 17:34
Hacker Who Stole Info of 600 Mn Users Breaks into 127 More Records from 8 Sites

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A hacker who stole around 600 million user records from 16 websites once has this time broke into 127 million more records from eight more websites.

According to TechCrunch report late on Thursday, the hacker now has 18 million user records from travel booking site Ixigo and 40 million from live-video streaming site YouNow.

“Houzz, which recently disclosed a data breach, is listed with 57 million records stolen and Ge.tt had 1.8 million accounts stolen,” said the report.

According to the hacker’s listings, Ixigo used an outdated “MD5” hashing algorithm to scramble passwords, which these days are easy to unscramble. “YouNow doesn’t store passwords,” a spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Earlier, the same hacker claimed he had user records from several major sites like more than 151 million records from MyFitnessPal and 25 million records from Animoto.

It has been asserted that databases, which are intended at making “life easier” for hackers, can be acquired from the Dream Market cyber-souk, located in the Tor network, for less than $20,000 in bitcoin.

The stolen information mainly comprises account holders’ names, email addresses, and passwords, according to the report that appeared this week.

The price appears to be relatively inexpensive because the information is targeted at spammers and credential stuffers who could use the information to as well get access to other sites for which the users use the same usernames and passwords.

While some of these websites - particularly MyHeritage, MyFitnessPal and Animoto - warned their customers earlier this year that they had been compromised, several others have started notifying users about the hacks.

-Sowmya Sangam

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