Another day, another Data Breach! Now, Russia’s biggest social networking site VK.com is the latest in the line of historical data breaches targeting social networking websites.
The database contains information like full names ( first names and last names), email addresses, plain-text passwords, location information, phone numbers and, in some cases, secondary email addresses.
Yes, plain-text passwords. According to Peace, the passwords were already in plain text when the VK.com was hacked. So, if the site still stores passwords in cleartext today, this could be a real security risk for its users.
The data breach has initially been reported byLeakedSource search engine, which received portions of the database from one of the people who bought it.
The company has already analyzed the contents of the data dump and has added it to its service. So, you can use its search engine to check if you were compromised.
Russia’s Facebook VK.com is said to be the largest social networking site in Europe with more than 350 Million users. So, the hack is believed to be the biggest hack the site has ever experienced.
The validity of the credentials exposed in the hack is thought to have been stolen in late-2012 or early 2013 when VK.com had just under 190 Million users.
All the LinkedIn, MySpace, and Tumblr data breaches are also believed to have taken place during the same duration, between 2012 and 2013, when many websites were not practicing appropriate Web security policies, like hashing and salting passwords.
The hacker, named Peace ( or Peace_of_mind), is selling the dataset — which is over 17 gigabytes in size — on The Real Deal dark web marketplace for a mere 1 Bitcoin.
According to LeakedSource, the most common password used by VK.com users was “ 123456,” followed by “ qwerty” and “ 123123,” which are incredibly easy to predict. Also, the vast majority of email addresses came from mail.ru.
Like other data breaches, I strongly suggest you change your password immediately, especially if you use the same password for other websites.
Google pays Student $10,000 For Reporting Security Flaw
Last year, Google released a result which shows that hackers were rewarded $3 million throughout 2016. Recently, a Uruguayan student has been rewarded with $10,000 because he managed to discover a vulnerability in Google.
According to Ezequiel Pereira, he found the vulnerability when he was playing with Google services using a web security testing tool known as Burp Suite.
He was actually playing with Burp Suite to find the vulnerability, after many failed attempts, he discovered that the internal web page of yaqs.googleplex.com didn’t have the username or password check in place.
Googleplex.com hosts several Google App Engine applications.
Ezequiel Pereira wrote
“The website’s homepage redirected me to “/eng”, and that page was pretty interesting, it had many links to different sections about Google services and infrastructure, but before I visited any section, I read something in the footer: “Google Confidential
“At that point I stopped poking at the website and reported the issue right away, without even thinking of a better way to show the vulnerability than with Burp”
He also shared screenshots of the email exchanges with Google’s security team the same day. Google’s security team confirmed that the bug he reported was very effective. Pereira says he was very surprised when he received $10,000 from Google team for his work after a month.
However, Google has resolved the vulnerability and the large reward was because they found a few variants that would have allowed an attacker access sensitive data”
Have A Look At The 7 Most Beautiful Hackers In The World
She is a hacker and former playmate . An old friend of hers decided to pose on the internet as her and started taking money for doing so.
This did not go down well with her. If there was anyone who was going to be making money off her body, it was going to be her.
She came across an unauthorized website with her pictures, then she took matters into her own hands and hacked into the account herself to take them down the photos.
After the successful attempts, Cooke also used her hacking skills to help others in similar situations
She was also known as the “Hacker Fairy” to other women being taken advantage of on the Internet.
Ying teaches people the basics of hacking; things like changing your IP address or wiping Office passwords
Who doesn’t want to learn how to hack from a beautiful chic ?
She was first noticed in a Chinese Hackers’ forum post that got her noticed and created a huge fan base for her.
Her work is quite impressive as well. She’s an expert in writing hacking software and charges a lot of money for simple courses on hacking tools.
She usually makes about $2000 per month in the hacking business and for that, she certainly deserves your respect.
Kristina was a student at The New York University and is a money mule hacker.
She attempted to defraud several British and U.S. banks of millions of dollars using a Trojan horse malware. With collective team efforts, she earned a sum of more than $3 million by opening fake bank accounts and using fake passports.
Kristina was later arrested in 2011 but released after signing a bond and paying $25,000 as bail.
If she had been convicted, she could have been imprisoned for more than 40 years.
Ravel Alder is certainly s one of the most gifted and intelligent hackers who’s using her education for good use. She was the first female to give a presentation at DefCon, one of the worlds most prestigious gatherings of hackers .
She currently helps corporations protect their data and other sensitive information. She is also a consultant, lecturer and author who deals in hacking and computer security.
Kim also known as Gigabyte, the Belgium national is well known for developing many high caliber viruses that target hardwares and subsequently destroy sensitive information.
She wrote her first virus when she was 14. She wrote the viruses not to gain money but to cement her position in a group of hackers that are dominated by men. She wanted to prove to the world that women too can write viruses and can be dangerous hackers, unlike what the world knows it to be. Her virus, Sharp, is credited to being the first virus ever written in C Sharp.
Vanvaeck was later arrested when she was aged 17 but was out on bail in 24 hours due to her minor status.
Tian formed the female hacking group called “China Girl Security Team,” as she felt that there was no other outlet for teenage girls like her in the male-dominated world of hacking.
Her group has ties with some of the most notorious hacking organisations in the world and has become one of the largest Chinese-based hacking groups.
As with most well-known and outspoken groups of this nature, Tian and the rest of China Girl Security Team continue to receive attention from national and international police organizations due to their activities.
Anna was a Russian hacker who lived in New York City before she was arrested, along with nine others in 2010. She was accused of working for the Illegals Program spy ring under the Russian Federation’s external intelligence agency.
Chapman pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the U.S. Attorney General, and was deported to Russia, as part of a prisoner swap. She also lost her U.S. citizenship.