You guys…put away your flip phones and tear your eyes away from that Gateway computer screen. That new 50 Cent cd can wait. You can chat on Friendster later. This is important.
Myspace has been hacked!
I know what you’re thinking and no, Mark Zuckerberg did not burn MySpace headquarters to the ground and then salt the land it stood on so he could rule social media. That’s just a nasty rumor. Turns out Myspace has been here all along and still attracts millions of users as a network that focuses on music and entertainment in social media.
It also boasts millions of foreign users, making it still a viable contender in the social media realm From Variety:
Hackers last week breached the systems of Myspace, the music-focused social networking site now owned by Time Inc., and have attempted to sell data on millions of users in an online forum, Time Inc. confirmed Monday.
The hackers responsible were offering to sell about 360 million Myspace user emails and passwords, Vice’s Motherboard tech site reported last Friday…
Myspace said in a blog post that it believed the data breach was the work of Russian cyberhacker “Peace,” who was allegedly behind similar attacks on LinkedIn and Yahoo’s Tumblr. It said it has reported the hack to law enforcement officials and is cooperating with an investigation into the incident.
The info stolen from Myspace was limited to a portion of usernames, passwords and email addresses registered prior to June 11, 2013, when the site instituted stronger security measures, according to Time Inc. The company said the Myspace breach does not affect any of Time Inc.’s systems, subscriber information or other media properties and does not appear to include any financial data.
“We take the security and privacy of customer data and information extremely seriously — especially in an age when malicious hackers are increasingly sophisticated and breaches across all industries have become all too common,” Jeff Bairstow, Time Inc. exec VP and CFO, said in a statement. “Our information security and privacy teams are doing everything we can to support the Myspace team.”
Apparently Myspace has trashed all the user passwords for hacked accounts that were opened before June 11, 2013. If you have a Myspace account created before that date you might want to check it out between episodes of That’s So Raven.