I was right about the Myspace.com data: it is indeed old

You may have heard reports recently about a security incident involving Myspace. We would like to make sure you have the facts about what happened, what information was involved and the steps we are taking to protect your information.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Shortly before the Memorial Day weekend, we became aware that stolen Myspace user login data was being made available in an online hacker forum. The data stolen included user login data from a portion of accounts that were created prior to June 11, 2013 on the old Myspace platform.

Source: https://myspace.com/pages/blog

 

But there is more:

WHAT INFORMATION WAS INVOLVED?

Email addresses, Myspace usernames, and Myspace passwords for the affected Myspace accounts created prior to June 11, 2013 on the old Myspace platform are at risk. As you know, Myspace does not collect, use or store any credit card information or user financial information of any kind. No user financial information was therefore involved in this incident; the only information exposed was users’ email address and Myspace username and password.

 

Troy Hunt writes also his own analysis and not surprisingly, he thinks that the data is actually around 8 years old . Additionally, he thinks that an insider of the old MySpace has stolen the data:

One possibility that would explain the ginormous volume of data that was taken (the extracted breach file is 33GB) is an insider threat. Keep in mind that we’re talking about a time where MySpace was running into serious trouble and there were a raft of lay-offs, it’s highly conceivable that someone literally walked out the door with the data. That’s not to say it couldn’t have been hacked in a more traditional external-actor sort of way, but the timing is coincidental…

However, until now, nobody explained why is such a chaos in that data. I wrote here about the strange entries in the text dump that LeakedSource reported.

 


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Sorin Mustaca
Sorin Mustaca, (ISC)2 CSSLP, CompTIA Security+ and Project+, is working since year 2000 in the IT Security industry and worked between 2003-2014 for Avira as Product Manager for the known products used by over 100 million users world-wide. Today he is an independent IT Security Consultant focusing on Cybersecurity, secure software development and security for IoT and Automotive. He is also running his personal blog Sorin Mustaca on Cybersecurity and is the author of the free eBook Improve your security .

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