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Literally hundreds of millions of Myspace and Tumblr user account details, reportedly hacked a few years ago, have surfaced for sale on the dark web.
News of the incident comes just days after the scale of the 2012 LinkedIn hack widened when millions of account details from the previous hack appeared online for sale, and security experts believe there may be a link given data from separate historic hacks is being put up for sale in such a short period of time.
News of this breach has increased fears for online safety with experts suggesting more may be on the way.
Data from the Myspace and Tumblr hacks included email addresses and up to two linked passwords for a staggering 360 million accounts, possibly dating as far back as 2013.
Passwords were supposed to be protected but the storage technique used was reportedly weak, and most were cracked. Testing has revealed that the information hacked appears to be genuine, and anyone who has been using the same passwords for years across varying platforms should be particularly concerned.
Either way though anyone with an account would be wise to change their account information.
Experts believe more historic hacks will come to light but the reality is that hackers and scammers are constantly trying to breach security systems and steal data. So much is online nowadays which is great in terms of the benefits for users, but the risks of falling victim to serious crimes like fraud and identity theft is a very real concern.
Anyone who suffers as a result of their information being hacked may have a claim for data leak compensation.
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