WASHINGTON: More websites admitted security breaches on Thursday after LinkedIn said some of its members’ passwords were stolen, and experts warned of email scams targeting users of the social network.
Security experts were warning customers of the hacked websites to be alert for fake emails which purport to warn about the breach but are in fact attempts to steal personal data, a phenomenon known as “phishing.”
The US dating website eHarmony and the British-based music site Lastfm.com said their user accounts were also compromised and urged members to change their passwords. “We are currently investigating the leak of some Last.fm user passwords,” the website blog said.EHarmony’s Becky Teraoka said that “a small fraction of our user base has been affected” and that “as a precaution, we have reset affected members’ passwords.”
Graham Cluley of the British security firm Sophos said data from 1.5 million eHarmony passwords was uploaded to websites, “where hackers were encouraged to join forces to crack them.”Cluley also warned users of Lastfm.com to change their passwords.