By MG Siegler
December 14, 2009
It's no secret that most people use the same password over and over
again for most of the services they sign up for. While it's obviously
convenient, this becomes a major problem if one of those services is
compromised. And that looks to be the case with RockYou, the social
network app maker.
Over the weekend, the security firm Imperva issued a warning to RockYou
that there was a serious SQL Injection flaw in their database. Such a
flaw could grant hackers access to the the service's entire list of user
names and passwords in the database, they warned. Imperva said that
after it notified RockYou about the flaw, it was apparently fixed over
the weekend. But that's not before at least one hacker gained access to
what they claim is all of the 32 million accounts. 32,603,388 to be
exact. The best part? The database included a full list of unprotected
plain text passwords. And email addresses. Wow.
The hacker has posted a sample of what they found. They have blanked out
the passwords for now, but warns, "Don't lie to your customers, or i
will publish everything." As far as we can tell, RockYou hasn't issued a
warning about this to its users yet. We've reached out to the company,
but have yet to hear back.
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