Users of dating website eHarmony told their passwords have been stolen

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Online dating website eHarmony has confirmed that passwords for some of its users have been exposed in a security breach that echoes the high profile incident involving LinkedIn yesterday.

In a blog post, eHarmony’s corporate communications chief Becky Teraoka said that the firm was resetting the passwords of affected users.

Unfortunately, eHarmony doesn’t offer much detail of the security incident – only saying that “a small fraction” of its userbase was impacted, and there is no information shared of how the data breach might have happened.

As with the LinkedIn breach, eHarmony users’ passwords were exposed in the form of hashes. In this case, the hashes of 1.5 million eHarmony passwords were uploaded to websites, where…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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