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Cupid Media – 42 million passwords hacked JAN 2013

Earlier this year, the Australian dating service “Cupid Media” was compromised and recent articles document this, along with importance of using differing passwords, as same password could lead to compromises in email, banking, ecommerce and other websites

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2013/11/cupid-media-hack-exposed-42m-passwords/

http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security/318291-pick-up-lines-that-will-only-attract-hackers

QUOTE: An intrusion at online dating service Cupid Media earlier this year exposed more than 42 million consumer records, including names, email addresses, unencrypted passwords and birthdays, according to information obtained by KrebsOnSecurity.  The data stolen from Southport, Australia-based niche dating service Cupid Media was found on the same server where hackers had amassed tens of millions of records stolen from Adobe, PR Newswire and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), among others.  The danger with such a large breach is that far too many people reuse the same passwords at multiple sites, meaning a compromise like this can give thieves instant access to tens of thousands of email inboxes and other sensitive sites tied to a user’s email address.

Cupid Media actions – “In January we detected suspicious activity on our network and based upon the information that we had available at the time, we took what we believed to be appropriate actions to notify affected customers and reset passwords for a particular group of user accounts,” Bolton said. “We are currently in the process of double-checking that all affected accounts have had their passwords reset and have received an email notification.”

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