#22 – The Reddit Hack – What You Need to Do Right Now


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Another major hack is in the news; this time it is Reddit.  If you have a username and password on Reddit, even if you have been using a pseudonym, listen to this episode for tips and tactics to keep yourself safe online.

Reddit said it discovered, on 19 June, that hackers had obtained two datasets.

The first related to old user data – from May 2007 – that contained usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords. On Wednesday Reddit began informing users who may be included in this dataset.

But it’s the second part of the breach which could affect a far larger amount of people, and may have serious consequences for those who use Reddit under a pseudonym.

Hackers were able to access logs relating to the site’s email digest function, a service that sends a daily email containing the latest updates from the sections a user follows, known as subreddits.

These logs contained every email digest sent out over the 15-day period. Crucially, the logs contained both a person’s username and associated email address – providing hackers with a database from which a person’s real identity could potentially be discovered. These users are not being directly informed by the company.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45040804

Our Guest: Richard Barbieri

Richard is the Senior Risk Operations Manager at Etsy,  Prior to his time at Etsy, Richard was also analyst in the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau, New York County District Attorney’s Office.

Follow Richard: @RBarbieriNYC


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David W. Schropfer

David W. Schropfer is the CEO of SAFE (Smartphone Authentication For Everyone), a cybersecurity company in New York (www.theSafe.io).  Every day, he and his team of professionals keep the people who use The SAFE Button protected from some of the most common traps, hacks and attacks that target computer systems of all sizes. David is the author of the bestselling cybersecurity book, Digital Habits: 5 Simple Tips to Help Keep You and Your Information Safe Online. His previous books, including The Smartphone Wallet and industry whitepapers, predicted some of the biggest trends in the payments, mobile, and security industries.  Since graduating Boston College, David earned an Executive MBA from the University of Miami.

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