last.fm user privacy breached following massive linkedin password leak

There has been another security breach on yet another popular website, and this time it’s last.fm—a popular music website.

 last.fm user privacy breached following massive linkedin password leak

There has been another security breach on yet another popular website, and this time it’s last.fm—a popular music website.

Last.fm’s leak is just another suit following the six million users of LinkedIn.com—a professional social networking site—having their passwords exposed.  A notice from last.fm states that they take user’s privacy “very seriously,” and urged users to “change their passwords immediately” for further security measures.

"Can it be coincidence? It seems unlikely to me. There's a mystery in the middle of the LinkedIn breach about how they got the data. You have to worry there's a common vulnerability,” Graham Cluley—Sopho’s security expert—told the BBC.

The recent privacy meltdown by some major sites may be due to more than just skilled hackers, but possibly more to shared common security flaws between the hacked sites.  Experts and victimized sites recommend that users use different passwords for their various online accounts.  This may seem like common sense, but there are still many people who prefer to have one password for most of their online accounts.

Source: BBC