Showing posts with label hacking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hacking. Show all posts

Alert: Possible LinkedIn Breach

Today it was reported that there was a possible LinkedIn breach, and 6.5 million LinkedIn user’s passwords were leaked to a Russian hacker forum. 

Tip 1- If you are a LinkedIn user, you should change your current password. 

Tip 2- You should change any other account password that shares the same password as your LinkedIn account (as we pointed out on Twitter, our research indicates that this is a majority of folks).  For example, if you use the same password for LinkedIn and your online banking account, it may now be possible for these hackers to know both.  Protect yourself and change your password! 

Remember when the biggest cost associated with gaming was the cost of a game?

Video game companies have been under assault, with multiple networks being attacked by hackers looking to gain access to gamers' personal information. (I'm old enough to remember when the biggest cost of player a video game was actually going to a toy store to buy it, and it was usually around $40-$50).

People don't necessarily think of their online gaming accounts as a hub of personal information, but let’s briefly consider the information that a gamer stores there:

• Name
• E-mail
• User Name (online handle)
• Password

That's a lot of information in and of itself, and thieves gaining access to it can have a substantial impact.
For example, we believe that a majority of consumers don't use different password for many of the sites they interact with. Ask yourself this: How many sites do you log in to with the same e-mail/password combination?

• Social networking sites?
• Banking sites?
• Online retailers?

In addition, think of the other information stored in your online gaming account:

• Credit Card Information?
• Date of Birth?
• Address (to verify credit card)?

When you add it up, it's an awful lot of information that a thief can go after, and it's why we believe that gaming destinations have been such a target lately.

Posted by Mike