COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — If you’ve ever used a social networking site prior to the emergence
of Facebook and Twitter, your account information might now be in the hands of hackers.
Time Inc. confirmed to CNBC Tuesday that the social networking website MySpace has fallen victim to a hacking attack.
Myspace says its security team made the discovery shortly before the Memorial Day weekend.
The compromised data includes a portion of Myspace usernames, passwords and email addresses,
from the old Myspace platform prior to June 11, 2013.
Myspace released the following statement in response:
We believe the data breach is attributed to Russian Cyberhacker ‘Peace.’ This same individual is responsible for other recent criminal attacks such as those on LinkedIn and Tumblr, and has claimed on the paid hacker search engine LeakedSource that the data is from a past breach. This is an ongoing investigation, and we will share more information as it becomes available.
Myspace is also using automated tools to attempt to identify and block any suspicious activity that might occur on Myspace accounts. We have also reported the incident to law enforcement authorities and are cooperating to investigate and pursue this criminal act.
Myspace said it has made all of the user passwords for the affected accounts invalid. It said anyone returning to Myspace will be prompted to reset their password.
Even if you no longer use Myspace, the leaked database may include details from when you did. If you still use some of that same information today, your new accounts could be at risk.
“It all comes back to whether they’ve been following good password practices or not,” Security researcher Troy Hunt told the BBC. “If they’ve reused passwords across multiple services – and remember, these breaches date back several years so they need to recall their practices back then – then they may well have other accounts at risk too.”
The news of the Myspace hack comes just days after Tumblr also announced hackers had made off with its users’ data.
We recently learned that a third party had obtained access to a set of Tumblr user email addresses with salted and hashed passwords from early 2013, prior to the acquisition of Tumblr by Yahoo. As soon as we became aware of this, our security team thoroughly investigated the matter. Our analysis gives us no reason to believe that this information was used to access Tumblr accounts. As a precaution, however, we will be requiring affected Tumblr users to set a new password.