• Was I caught in the data breach?


    Today Firefox Monitor warned me about a data breach at Gravatar with a hack perpetrated 3 October 2020:


    Allegedly no passwords were stolen, only email addresses were compromised.
    Still, security, you know …

    As luck would have it, since the breach I’ve changed my possibly compromised respective password multiple times. It’s a trivial effort to appease my paranoia.

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      As a result of the vulnerability, “167 million names, usernames and MD5 hashes of email addresses used to reference users’ avatars were subsequently scraped and distributed within the hacking community,” HaveIBeenPwned said.
      Of the MD5 hashes, just under 114 million were cracked and distributed alongside the source hash, thus disclosing the original email address and accompanying data.


      * _ the metaverse is poisonous _ *
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      Is this still a good way to check? (recommended some time back.. discussed quite often at bleepingcomputer..)



    • #2404878

      I got the same notice from Firefox Monitor.  I’ve changed my Gravatar password and my WordPress password.  As for the email address, it’s available from my “Contact Me” link at my website, so it’s been out there for years.

      Create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates, in case you need to start over!
      We all have our own reasons for doing the things that we do. We don't all have to do the same things.

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