LivingSocial Hacked, Gives up Names, Email and Encrypted Passwords

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News Posted: Fri, Apr 26 2013 10:35 PM
These days, the old "when, not if" saying applies to websites getting hacked just as much as it does for the likelihood of getting into a car accident. LivingSocial is the latest site to fall victim to an attack, but the Amazon-backed company has clearly learned from the mistakes of others and rushed to get out in front of the issue. Anyone visiting the site right now is greeted with a message that encourages users to change their passwords and links to a page that goes into detail about the attack. Customers have also received emails from LivingSocial.

Main Page Notice For LivingSocial Users To Change Their Passwords
Notice anything different about LivingSocial's main page? The site is going out of its way to alert customers that it has been breached.

Although no breach is good news, it looks like the most sensitive user data is out of the crooks' hands - for the moment. LivingSocial is assuring users that credit card data was untouched and wasn't even on the server that was accessed. Some customer names were exposed, however, and email and passwords went with them. But even there, all's not lost: the passwords are encrypted. If you don't use your LivingSocial password anywhere else, a new one is in order. If you have "One Password To Rule Them All," you have your work cut out for you, Frodo.

The LivingSocial Security Notice Alerting Users To A Website Break-In

Our only quibble about Living Social's handling of the cyberattack is that the main-page notice doesn't specifically state that the site has been hacked. The big password banner is eye-catching, but if you don't know the site has been hacked, you might just blow it off and figure you'll change the password eventually - a decision you might have made differently had you known about the breach. Aside from that, it looks like LivingSocial is going out of its way to keep customers informed, and that's worth noting.
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My oh my... what kind of website is this even i dont know.

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ajm531 replied on Sat, Apr 27 2013 7:13 PM

sigh i guess i better head there now. im going to create an app that lets you set a time like every month or 2 months change your passwords automatically until i get hacked then peoples schedules get all screwed up and ahhhhhhh forget it its not worth it. ill just change my password

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Clixxer replied on Sun, Apr 28 2013 8:17 PM

Well that sucks, hopefully noone in the HotHardware community got their stuff put up for display!

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