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VerticalScope.com, a company that runs multiple support forums on various topics, has suffered a massive data breach in February 2016 when a hacker managed to steal over 45 million user records from its database.

The records, which data breach indexing site LeakedSource has managed to acquire and analyze, contain details from over 1,100 tech support portals VerticalScope is running on different domains.

LeakedSource says the biggest data troves are from sites such as Techsupportforum.com, MobileCampsites.com, Pbnation.com, and Motorcycle.com.

There are no clues on who was behind the data breach, but LeakedSource says the incident took place in February 2016. VerticalScope confirmed the breach, after LeakedSource's staff got ahold of the data on April 27.

Leaked data contains easy-to-crack MD5-hashed passwords

LeakedSource says that for each record they found an email address, a username, an IP address, one or two passwords. Not all records contain all the details for each user.

"Given the massive scale of this breach, it is also likely that VerticalScope stored all of their data on interconnected or even the same servers as there is no other way to explain a theft on such a large scale," a LeakedSource representative explained.

Read more: Hacker Steals 45 Million Records From 1,100 Home, Sports and Tech Support Forums


Level 3
One of my wishes for Account creation on all sites would be not just the Weak Strong password meter. But some secure way of the password meter to just straight out tell a person if they are attempting to use known sequences of characters that are just so evident in all these leaks passwords. Like a message to the user " This password or sequence of part of the password has been found in the last 5 years of hacked and breached web sites, Start Again Please ! :) !

I got to sharpen up a few of my own :eek:


Level 85
Sometimes developers tends forget to improve any security things at all, since the number one priority always is to establish a flawless operation of a website.

A sick tradition where everything will take the actions seriously when incidents occurred rather prepare for preventive measures.