LinkedIn, eHarmony passwords hacked

    Your search for love (and a job) may have been compromised as passwords for eHarmony and LinkedIn have been hacked.

    The Los Angeles Times reports that a Russian hacker has stole about 1.5 million passwords from eHarmony on Wednesday. The online dating site, which has about 20 million accounts, informed its users of the breach in a blog post.

    "After investigating reports of compromised passwords, we have found that a small fraction of our user base has been affected," eHarmony rep Becky Teroka said in a statement. Specifically, the hack affected 7.5 percent of users.

    After snatching the encrypted passwords, the hacker posted them to an online forum, where many of them have been cracked. Although no usernames have been published on the forum, security experts think that hackers may know which passwords belong to whom. "It is reasonable to assume that such information may be in the hands of the criminals," expert Graham Cluley said in a blog post.

    This comes a day after it was reported that the same hacker stole 6.4 million passwords from the professional networking site LinkedIn.

    Since the hacks, both sites have reset the passwords on the affected accounts, and users will be encouraged to change their login information.

    It’s not clear whether there is any overlap in the accounts that have been cracked.  It is advised that if you use either site that you change your password immediately, regardless of whether you were hacked or not.



    —Sonya Eskridge




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