eHarmony confirms leak of their users’ passwords

By | June 7, 2012

Source: Help Net Security

by Zeljka Zerza

In this article “News that an unknown individual leaked what appeared to be a batch of 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords on a Russian forum and asked for help in decrypting them spread like fire yesterday, and the users of the popular professional social network have been urged to change their passwords.

But alongside that batch another collection of passwords – containing 1.5 million unsalted MD5 hashes – was also leaked. The analysis of the already cracked passwords that were included pointed to the popular dating site eHarmony.

The speculation was confirmed later that day by Becky Teraoka, the Public Relations Manager at eHarmony, who wrote that “a small fraction” of their user base has been affected.”

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