Freecycle confirms massive data breach impacting 7 million users


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Freecycle, an online forum dedicated to exchanging used items rather than trashing them, confirmed a massive data breach that affected more than 7 million users.

The nonprofit organization says it discovered the breach on Wednesday, weeks after a threat actor put the stolen data for sale on a hacking forum on May 30, warning affected people to switch passwords immediately.

The stolen information includes usernames, User IDs, email addresses, and MD5-hashed passwords, with no other information exposed, according to Freecycle.

From screenshots shared by the threat actor who is selling the stolen information, the credentials of Freecycle founder and executive director Deron Beal were stolen in the incident, giving the threat actor full access to member information and forum posts

"On August 30th we became aware of a data breach on As a result, we are advising all members to change their passwords as soon as possible," Beal warned in a notification added to the homepage.

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