.GIF garage Imgur plugs 1.7 million-subscriber creds breach

Imgur hack Three-year-old breach exposed passwords of 1.7 million users

Imgur hack Three-year-old breach exposed passwords of 1.7 million users

Imgur, a widely recognized image sharing service most commonly used on Reddit, has revealed that it suffered a data breach as far back as 2014, and claims that it was only notified of it on November 23. He told Imgur that he received the hacked data in question, which included passwords and email addresses.

As soon as the data was confirmed, the company started sending out emails to the users that were impacted by the breach via the email address that was registered in the system.

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Imgur has turned out to be the victim of what has emerged as the latest trend in online hacking where the actual data breach happens years back but is detected only recently.

Imgur went public with the information within a span of 24 hours after a security researcher identifying the breach from three years ago.

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Troy Hunt, who runs the website Have I Been Pwned, initially received the stolen list of user accounts and passwords-60 percent of which already exist in his website's tracking database.

"On November 23, Imgur was notified of a potential security breach that occurred in 2014 that affected the email addresses and passwords of 1.7 million user accounts", Imgur Chief Operating Officer Roy Sehgal said in a blog post.

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Imgur confirmed it was hacked in 2014 which revealed the login info of 1.7 million users though the name, address and phone numbers of the users were safe. "Our Vice President of Engineering then arranged to securely receive the data from the researcher and began working to validate that the data belonged to Imgur users". Shortly thereafter, Imgur's CEO and VP of engineering were notified. Acknowledging the breach, the company wrote, "While we are still actively investigating the intrusion, we wanted to inform you as quickly as possible as to what we know and what we are doing in response". Imgur further apologised and requested the users to immediately update their password. We have always encrypted your password in our database, but it may have been cracked with brute force due to an older hashing algorithm (SHA-256) that was used at the time. Hunt informed the company on Thursday, a United States national holiday observing Thanksgiving, when most businesses are closed.

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