Last.fm Latest Victim in Hacking
Last week, over six million passwords were stolen from LinkedIn and eHarmony, to online sites which host millions of users and user transactions. It is extremely important that you have a way to protect yourself from hackers and hack attacks whenever you go online. Unfortunately, LinkIn and eHarmony were not the only victims in the attack. Social music service Last.fm, a site which has millions of global users who use the service to talk about music and other interests, was also one of the sites targets in last week’s massive hack attack. There is no word at this time on whether or not the attacks were coordinated, but the close proximate to each other would suggest that.
Last.fm confirmed that they were attacked on their twitter account almost immediately after the first reports started coming in. This comes in conjunction with other large scale hacking attacks, include attacks on LinkedIn where up to 8 million passwords may have been compromised, and the popular dating site eHarmony, where another 1.5 million passwords were taken.
At this time, what little evidence that is available suggests that it was a mysterious Russian hacker who is responsible for the attacks on LinkedIn and eHarmony. It remains unknown at this time of this is the same hacker responsible for the attack on Last.fm.
High profile incidents of hacking have been occurring with alarming frequency over the last twelve months, with a number of big names such as iTunes and most famously Sony Playstation having personal information stolen from their vast banks of user data.
At this point in time, Last.fm are still investigating the severity of the breech. It still cannot be said with certainty at this time how many passwords or accounts were compromised in the hacking. As a precautionary measure, Last.fm sent an email to all of their users advising them to change their passwords as soon as possible in case they were hacked. Last.fm is also advising that if your current Last.fm password is used for any other accounts, such as email or Facebook, that you should also change those passwords – just in case.
“We are currently investigating the leak of some Last.fm user passwords,” a spokesperson wrote this morning. “This follows recent password leaks on other sites, as well as information posted online. As a precautionary measure, we’re asking all our users to change their passwords immediately.”
“We’re sorry for the inconvenience around changing your password; Last.fm takes your privacy very seriously. We’ll be posting updates in our forums and via our Twitter account as we get to the bottom of this.”
Last.fm users can switch their passwords by logging in and accessing the “Settings” page, or by reporting their password as lost. In the site’s announcement, Last.fm re-emphasized these are the only means for password changes: “We will never e-mail you a direct link to update your settings or ask for your password.”
Users are advised to follow guidelines recommended by Google when picking their new password.
The amount of passwords potentially leaked has not been announced at this time.