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Hair on fire 5 of 5
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.
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