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By Sheetal Sukhija | Monday November 27, 2017
Over a million accounts hacked in massive Imgur breach
The popular photo sharing site, Imgur revealed that it has suffered a massive hacking in 2014 and that it learned about the security breach only recently. Imgur revealed the details of the massive breach in a blog post and said that the breach compromised email addresses and passwords of approximately 1.7 million users. Imgur’s COO, Roy Sehgal, confirmed that the breach occurred in 2014 and explained that Imgur doesn’t collect names, addresses, or phone numbers from its users, and that only user emails and password information was leaked. The company wrote, “While we are still actively investigating the intrusion, we wanted to inform you as quickly as possible as to what we know and what we are doing in response.” Imgur said that it had confirmed the breach of 1.7 million Imgur user accounts on November 24 and the same day, it started “notifying impacted users via their registered email address. We are immediately requiring that these users update their password. We also published this public disclosure at 4PM PST.” Further, reports revealed that Troy Hunt, who runs the notification service 'Have I Been Pwned', obtained the data, and turned over the information to Imgur. The company said that while it is still investigating how the breach happened in the first place, it believes the “database may have been cracked with brute force due to an older...Read more