Myspace was kind of a big deal in the mid-noughties – a shrine to your embarrassingly angsty teenage years.
But it completely fell out of fashion once the likes of Facebook and Twitter hit us.
Despite this, Myspace has still retained a shit-ton of personal details on more accounts than the entire U.S. population, The Independent reports.
Quite a lot, right? So maybe this latest news to hit us about the ‘old’ social networking site definitely puts things into perspective, as a massive chunk of these account credentials have now been leaked all over the internet. Shit!
Myspace announced a hacker stole username and password information from more than 360 million accounts – which almost certainly means you are one of the unlucky ones.
In the blog post, they claimed that the hack reportedly stole MySpace users’ login details – including email addresses, usernames, passwords and even secondary passwords.
According to LeakedSource, information was stolen from a total of 360,213,024 accounts – with those most affected likely to be users who created accounts before June 2013. Oh, so basically everyone then? Fantastic.
In the blog post, Myspace wrote:
Email addresses, Myspace usernames, and Myspace passwords for the affected Myspace accounts created prior to June 11, 2013 on the old Myspace platform are at risk. The compromised data is related to the period before those measures were implemented. We are currently utilizing advanced protocols including double salted hashes (random data that is used as an additional input to a one-way function that “hashes” a password or passphrase) to store passwords. Myspace has taken additional security steps in light of the recent report.Advertisement
Myspace believe a hacker known as ‘Peace’ carried out the cyber attack, as well as being responsible for the most recent hacks against LinkedIn and Tumblr.
They’re now advising past users who may have the same username and password information from their Myspace accounts elsewhere to immediately change their account info.
Myspace is now working with law enforcement to investigate the hack.