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The 10 hacker attacks that stole the most accounts in the history of the Internet

The 10 hacker attacks that stole the most accounts in the history of the Internet

The 10 hacker attacks that stole the most accounts in the history of the Internet

The cloud is still saving our information on another’s computer, and that information can also be filtered or hacked if the site does not take adequate security measures.

We know that you will have it repeated hundreds of times, but we will also do it: there is no infallible system, the important thing is to fix the bugs before an attacker can exploit them. But, as they will say in Shakespeare’s language, Sometimesshit happens, and sometimes attackers get data that they sell or take advantage of to achieve their goals.

Thanks to Troy Hunt’s work with his website Have I Been Pwned? We can know if our account has been compromised somewhere, and we can also know which pages have been exposed the most. And what are those Pages that most emails and passwords have revealedyou wonder?

10. Ashley Madison 31 million accounts

Ashley Madison is a site that is openly advertised as a place to have extramarital affairs, and the theft of data -responsibility of a group of hackers when they see that the company does not respond to their demands to close the service- has done nothing but expose your users(real, because they were false for a while). And more than the theft of passwords, the serious thing is in knowing who is a user, something that has opened the door to blackmail, suicide, caught in style and thousands of divorces.

9. Fling 41 million accounts

We are not far from adult sites, because Fling is a service in which to make friends through an application for Android and iOS. This leak revealed a fair amount of user data, including sensitive data such as your location, your sexual fetishes or your sexual orientation. We don’t know of big blackmail cases like in Ashley Madison, but it’s still possible.

8. iMesh 50 million accounts

iMesh is a platform for obtaining audio and video files more specialized in the first one than in the second one that was hacked in September 2013. The data was sold in mid-2016 in the deep web and the database it includes usernames and skipped passwords.

7. Tumblr 65 million accounts

The Tumblr case was much better known at the time due to the Yahoo! service scope, and it was also produced in 2013: the resulting data was put up for sale on the deep web at a laughable price, since the passwords are encrypted with SHA1 and the database alone is of little use.

6. Dropbox 69 million accounts

We are not far from famous cases, although it came to light four days ago. Dropbox had a security gap in 2012 It revealed the data of almost 69 million users, with half of passwords encrypted in SHA1 and the other half in bcrypt. This month Dropbox, as a security measure, has forced the password change to users who believe they are in danger.

5. VK 93 million accounts

VK -the so-called Russian Facebook- It also does not get rid of data leaks, because the previous cases are repeated: in 2012 hackers obtained data and in 2016 this data appears for sale in a deep web market. In this case we find phone numbers, names, emails and passwords without any protection.

4. Badoo 112 million accounts

And we return to the compromised leaks, because Badoo is a contact page where people search for what they are looking for. 112 million accounts with names, birthday dates, and passwords with minimal protection. In this case we only have indications that the hack has occurred, there is no truthful confirmation of the information, so it is considered an unverified hack.

3. Adobe 152 million accounts

We entered the podium with one of the most important hacks, the Adobe one produced in 2013. The passwords were encrypted so nothing should have happened, but the password hints of the users were not, and many users put their password or clues too obvious there. That, combined with users using classic and repeated passwords, increased the risk to unsuspected levels.

2. LinkedIn 165 million accounts

LinkedIn beats Adobe narrowly, and although the leak occurred in 2012, it wasn’t until this year that we found out. Filtering passwords had protection, but it was so weak that the vast majority of passwords were obtained without problem.

1. MySpace 360 ​​million accounts

Finally, the gold medal goes to a social network that we could consider dead. MySpace has the shameful record of filter almost 360 million user accounts. We discovered it in 2016, but the analysis of the leak suggests that the hack occurred in 2008.