Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Heads Up: Your Ancient Reddit Password is Compromised

Reddit discloses ‘serious’ security breach it discovered on June 19th Reddit Hacked – Attackers Steal a Complete Copy of an Old Database Backup After Compromising Employee Accounts
Troy Mann | 03 August, 2018, 11:44

Reddit said hackers were able to gain access to the firm's information by breaching its measures for protecting employees' credentials.

"The digests connect a username to the associated email address and contain suggested posts from select popular and safe-for-work subreddits you subscribe to", Reddit said.

The company is sending a message to affected users and resetting passwords on accounts where the credentials might still be valid.

The fact the attackers also gained access to some Reddit source code nearly feels like a small loss even though that is anything but the case.

If you don't have an email address associated with your account, you're not affected by this part of the breach. Together, these details could.

A hacker broke into Reddit's computer systems in June, gaining access to the email addresses of some of its users and a database of usernames and user data from 2007. Those who signed-up for the online service after 2007 should be in the clear.

Reddit has disclosed a security incident it's described as a "serious attack", which it has been investigating for more than a month which the company says entailed a hacker breaking into some of its system and accessing user data.

Are messaging user accounts if there's a chance the credentials taken reflect the account's current password.

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On June 19, Reddit learned that an attacker compromised the accounts of some of its employees for the company's cloud hosting providers. Reddit has encouraged users to enable two factor authentication using an authenticator app.

Reddit's response to the breaches has been met with some criticism within the security community. Reddit email digests sent in June of 2018, specifically, were also included in the incident.

Of particular note is that although the Reddit employee accounts tied to the breach were protected by SMS-based two-factor authentication, the intruder (s) managed to intercept that second factor.

Reddit assures us that it's taken preventative steps to secure the site from additional attacks, as well as rotating all production secrets and API keys. Whether or not Reddit prompts you to change your password, think about whether you still use the password you used on Reddit 11 years ago on any other sites today.

"Their concept of putting the onus on the user to consider if they have any data they wouldn't want linked to an address is really not on", said Prof Woodward.

Siciliano compared the 2015 breach of dating website Ashley Madison, which exposed the names and email addresses of more than 36 million account holders.

Predictably, security specialists are pointing out this hack as another example of the failure of two-factor authentication.

Koby Kilimnik, security researcher at Imperva, adds: "If you don't like spam emails, you might also want to start using a different email account since those leaked emails will probably find their way into some spammer's database".

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