With the growth of the internet population, security has been one of the major concerns of the modern day. Technology has been progressing at a rapid pace, and hackers are getting cleverer than ever before. Hacking and loss of private data on the internet has been becoming very common these days and cyber-crime is on a major rise. Last week, hundreds of millions of LinkedIn accounts were hacked, and this week, it is an even bigger hack as a whopping 642 Million passwords were stolen from MySpace, Tumblr and dating website, Fling.
Security researcher Troy Hunt has commented that these hacks have been going around since 2011. He further commented on the matter, saying:
“There are some really interesting patterns emerging here. One is obviously the age; the newest breach of this recent spate is still more than 3 years old. This data has been lying dormant (or at least out of public sight) for long periods of time.
The other is the size and these 4 breaches are all in the top 5 largest ones HIBP has ever seen. That’s out of 109 breaches to date, too. Not only that, but these 4 incidents account for two thirds of all the data in the system, or least they will once MySpace turns up.
Then there’s the fact that it’s all appearing within a very short period of time – all just this month. There’s been some catalyst that has brought these breaches to light and to see them all fit this mould and appear in such a short period of time, I can’t help but wonder if they’re perhaps related.”
This is indeed an alarming situation, as MySpace, Tumblr, LinkedIn are all major sites, and Fling too, has been a name which has been rising in popularity over the years. The MySpace hack has been expected to have happened some time after 2007 and before 2012 according to security researchers.