16 July 2014

Consumer technology website CNET has confirmed a breach of its servers over the weekend, with hackers allegedly stealing 1 million email addresses, usernames and encrypted passwords.

CNET states that it has fixed the issue and is now monitoring for further impact.

The Russian hacker group believed to be responsible has been communicating on Twitter, suggesting it has primarily been seeking attention and does not intend to sell or decrypt the stolen passwords, but other comments have also been made about a possible sale.

If you are a registered user of CNET, you should change your password as a precaution.

You should also change your password on any other site where you use the same details.

As a matter of good practice you should change your passwords for all of your online accounts regularly, choosing a strong and unique password each time.

More information

CNET’s article announcing the breach.

Stay Smart Online has more information about choosing appropriate passwords, as well as information about how hackers can crack weaker passwords.

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