Hackers dumped another huge cache of stolen passwords, this time exposing what they said are as many 35,000 plaintext passcodes from the website of clothing maker Billabong International.
A post on CodePaste.net claimed 20,000 to 35,000 user names and corresponding passwords were retrieved in the hack of billabong.com. But the post included only 1,435 plaintext user credentials and didn’t explain the discrepancy.
With this rash of attacks on several popular websites, including Android Forums, eHarmony, Formspring, Yahoo, among others, one has to wonder what exactly is going on here. Is it random or a concerted attack?
At any rate there’s not much you can do about it. You can’t stop a hack anymore than you can thwart a burglary. If someone wants to get into your home a lock on your door isn’t going to keep them out, if they are persistent in wanting to get in. And there’s nothing you can do about someone else’s database, how they store your information, or what security measures they use to protect that information.
All you can do is make sure you’ve done everything you can do to protect yourself at your end. This won’t ensure you don’t have problems but it will lessen the effect of those problems. We, ourselves, we the victims of a recent hack ( not on this site, but ) in a couple of our sub-domains. It wasn’t a password hack, but rather someone trying to steal our traffic through redirection. So even sites that maintain high levels of security and are diligent can be victims.
First and foremost, you should ‘ never ‘ use an administrative account online, create a user account to access the Net, and you should ‘ never ‘ use the same password for multiple sites. If you attend Yahoo, LinedIn, TAZforum, etc you should have different passwords for each. If at all possible ( some sites don’t allow it ) your passwords should contain various characters, and not just numbers and letters. And you should not store those passwords in your browser. It may be inconvenient, but it’s the best way you can protect yourself at your end.
Consider this as extra home security…like having a guard dog and an alarm system. It won’t prevent someone burglarizing your home who absolutely wants in and has the knowledge to get in. But it will make it more difficult for, and thwart, the majority of those who try to get in.
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