A number of hacking boards are at present sharing a database that comprises over 26m distinctive LiveJournal person accounts in addition to plain textual content passwords without spending a dime.
Rumors have circulated for a while now that the as soon as vastly fashionable running a blog platform suffered a safety breach again in 2014, throughout which period the account credentials for 33m customers have been stolen.
For the reason that starting of Could, hyperlinks to a knowledge dump that allegedly comprises 33,717,787 distinctive LiveJournal accounts have been out there on hacking boards on-line.
Based mostly on posts sharing hyperlinks to the database, it comprises e-mail addresses, usernames, profile URLs and person passwords that have been initially saved as MD5 hashes however have been transformed to plain textual content.
Whereas some individuals imagine the knowledge contained within the information dump got here from the 2014 safety breach, Have I Been Pwned’s Troy Hunt thinks it originated from a breach that happened in 2017 primarily based on its file identify (LiveJournal_com_2017_33.7m.txt). The LiveJournal database has now been added to the positioning’s information breach notification service with extra info on how hackers obtained the person credentials and passwords, which reads:
“In mid-2019, information broke of an alleged LiveJournal information breach. This adopted a number of stories of credential abuse towards Dreamwidth starting in 2018, a fork of LiveJournal with a big crossover in person base. The breach allegedly dates again to 2017 and comprises 26M distinctive usernames and e-mail addresses (each of which have been confirmed to exist on LiveJournal) alongside plain textual content passwords. An archive of the information was subsequently shared on a well-liked hacking discussion board in Could 2020 and redistributed broadly.”
LiveJournal has but to substantiate whether or not an information breach occurred in addition to whether or not or not the database is reliable.
When you used the corporate’s running a blog platform again in its heyday, it is best to go examine Have I Been Pwned to see in case your e-mail handle is a part of the database and if that’s the case, it is suggested that you simply change your LiveJournal password instantly.