Data Breach on photo sharing site we heart it
We Heart It, an image-sharing site used by 40 million teens as of a couple of years ago, is informing users their personal data may have been compromised. The company was alerted to a possible security breach last week that involved over 8 million accounts, it said on Friday. The breach took place a few years ago and includes email addresses, usernames and encrypted passwords for We Heart It accounts created between 2008 and November 2013.
Although the passwords had been encrypted, they aren’t protected, the corporate notes. “…the encryption algorithms commonly used to encrypt passwords in 2013 are no longer secure due to advancements in computer hardware,” reads a We Heart It weblog publish detailing their findings.
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We inform our users about the breach and strongly recommended that you change your We Heart It password if it has not been updated since 2013. Additionally, if that password was used in any other services, we strongly recommend that you also immediately update your password in those services as well.
Over the weekend, We Heart It sent out emails to affected users to alert them to the breach. Users are being asked to change their password if it has not been updated since 2013, as well as change that password on any other site where it’s been re-used.
Unfortunately, the company did not proactively reset users’ passwords on their behalf, as many companies do following a security breach involving account information.
Users of the service have been notified about the security breach via email, but We Heart It says that it has no evidence of any accounts being accessed without authorization.