A Russian social media site called VK.com has had 100 million records stolen as hackers continue to target big sites. LinkedIn and Myspace also saw huge amounts of data from hacks dumped online.
The hack is the latest major breach to be revealed, and the information was put on the LeakedSource website by a hacker with the moniker Tessa88.
"VK.com was hacked. LeakedSource has obtained and added a copy of this data to its ever-growing searchable repository of leaked data," explained the website.
"This database was provided to us by a user who goes by the alias [email protected], and has given us permission to name them in this blog."
We have attempted to make contact with the hacker through the above address. We will see what happens, but Tessa88 is apparently very busy right now.
LeakedSource explained that the leak affects over 100 million people, and that a lump of information is available.
"This dataset contains 100,544,934 records. Each record may contain an email address, a first and last name, a location (usually city), a phone number, a visible password and sometimes a second email address," the site said.
"Passwords were stored in plaintext with no encryption or hashing. The methods VK used for storing passwords are not what internet standards propose because hackers can now see all 100 million passwords used on the site."
The recent breaches have already started causing problems, including high-profile victims such as Mark Zuckerberg who had his Twitter and Pinterest accounts hacked using information from the LinkedIn data.
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