The Russian hacker who stole 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords announced on Wednesday afternoon that he also stole 1.5 million passwords from the popular dating website eHarmony.
Responding to the attack eHarmony announced that a “small fraction” of its users’ passwords had been compromised and that log-in information for those users was reset and email notifications were sent.
On its official blog eHarmony wrote:
“After investigating reports of compromised passwords, we have found that a small fraction of our user base has been affected. We are continuing to investigate… as a precaution, we have reset affected members passwords.”
Along with resetting user passwords eHarmony provided helpful tips for its customers such as changing your password every few months and using different passwords for each internet website you access.
eHarmony has also promised to keep users up-to-date as they deal with security issues:
“Please be assured that eHarmony uses robust security measures, including password hashing and data encryption, to protect our members’ personal information. We also protect our networks with state-of-the-art firewalls, load balancers, SSL and other sophisticated security approaches.”
LinkedIn already issued its own apology “for the inconvenience this has caused our members.”
With nearly 10 million user account details being released online it is likely that websites will begin to more closely monitor the security of their systems and offer better secured platforms for their users that rely on up-to-date security protocols.
The Russian hacker who hacked both websites goes by the name “dwdm.”
Are you surprised to learn that the same hacker ended up hacking two of the world’s most popular websites in a single day?