A mega-hack has hit 1,100 websites and affects 45 million users

VerticalScope Hack

Websites hacks are being announced at an alarming rate and this newest announcement shows just how vulnerable so many websites are to breaches.

A hack at VerticalScope, which is responsible for more than 1,000 popular websites and forums, including AutoGuide.com, Motorcycle.com, and PBNation.com, has affected nearly 45 million accounts.

LeakedSource reported the hack and said passwords were encrypted, “but less than 10% of the domains which account for a very small amount of leaked records used difficult to break encryption.” LeakedSource was able to easily crack some passwords from the leak.

Among stolen data was email addresses, encrypted passwords, usernames, and IP addresses.

Despite advice from security experts, many users choose the same passwords for their website, banking, and other important accounts. Hackers will often attempt to cross-reference stolen usernames and passwords to steal banking information and other important account data.

VerticalScope discussed the hack with ZDNet, with VP of corporate development Jerry Orban saying in a statement:

We believe that any potential breach is limited to usernames, user IDs, email addresses, and encrypted passwords of our users. In addition, we are reviewing our security policies and practices and in response to increased Internet awareness of security-related incidents, including potential incidents on our communities, we are implementing security changes related to our forum password strength and password expiration policies across certain forum communities.