One Of The 32 Million With A RockYou Account? You May Want To Change All Your Passwords. Like Now.
Monday, December 14, 2009; 3:45 PM
It's no secret that most people use the same password over and over again for most of the services they sign up for. While it's obviously convenient, this becomes a major problem if one of those services is compromised. And that looks to be the case with RockYou, the social network app maker.
Over the weekend, the security firm Imperva issued a warning to RockYou that there was a serious SQL Injection flaw in their database. Such a flaw could grant hackers access to the the service's entire list of user names and passwords in the database, they warned. Imperva said that after it notified RockYou about the flaw, it was apparently fixed over the weekend. But that's not before at least one hacker gained access to what they claim is all of the 32 million accounts. 32,603,388 to be exact. The best part? The database included a full list of unprotected plain text passwords. And email addresses. Wow.
The hacker has posted a sample of what they found. They have blanked out the passwords for now, but warns, "Don?t lie to your customers, or i will publish everything." As far as we can tell, RockYou hasn't issued a warning about this to its users yet. We've reached out to the company, but have yet to hear back.
RockYou has a history of stupidity. See here, here, and here. This may take the cake.
[photo: flickr/naughty architect]