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Image-hosting website Imgur discovered at the end of last week that hackers broke into its systems in 2014, and stole the account details of some 1.7 million registered users.
Imgur found out about the historic hack when HaveIBeenPwned‘s Troy Hunt contacted the company on Thursday 23 November, which was a national Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.
On November 23, Imgur was notified of a potential security breach that occurred in 2014 that affected the email addresses and passwords of 1.7 million user accounts. 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.
Despite the festivities, Imgur quickly responded to Hunt’s message, confirmed that the data did indeed include the login credentials of users, and the following day began the process of resetting affected users’ passwords.
In a blog post, Imgur confirmed that it had been breached and that email addresses and passwords had been exposed. The site doesn’t ask its users for any additional personal information, so that fortunately was certain not to have been at risk.
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