Monday, 30 May 2016

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Reddit announced it would require users to reset their passwords following the release of a dataset containing 100 million LinkedIn emails and password combinations from a 2012 breach.

While Reddit did not refer directly mention the release of LinkedIn data, founding engineer Christopher Slowe (KeyserSosa) stated that the decision was prompted by "a general uptick in account takeovers (ATOs) by malicious (or at best spammy) third parties."

Slowe expressed concerns that users who apply the same passwords and usernames on multiple platforms could be affected, though he was careful in clarifying that the social news site was not breached.” Though Reddit itself has not been exploited, even the best security in the world won't work when users are reusing passwords between sites,” he wrote. “We've ramped up our ability to detect the takeovers, and sent out 100k password resets in the last 2 weeks.”

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