August 2, 2018 — The 6th most popular site in the world has been breached.
Robert Capps, VP at NuData, comments on the report issued yesterday by The Sun UK, disclosing that a fraudster leveraged a vulnerability in SMS 2-factor authentication to gain access to admin accounts, and steal information. The “front page of the internet” is accessed hundreds of millions of times per day around the world. The breach exposed emails, usernames encrypted passwords, private conversations and more that occurred before 2007 on the site, as well as daily digests from early June. The company is now reviewing their security practices to ensure that this does not occur again in the future.
From phishing scams and dictionary attacks – where fraudsters try certain common passwords based on the user’s information – to synthetic identities; as little as an email address can go a long way in the hands of a bad actor.