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Photo Site 500PX Hit With Data Breach Recently

By March 11, 2019May 19th, 2022Cybersecurity

Do you use the photography network 500PX?  If so, be advised that it has been breached by hackers.  If you were a 500PX user on or before July 5, 2018, you are among the impacted users.

The company discovered evidence of the breach on February 8th, and overall, to this point, their handling of the issue has been admirable.

They promptly contacted and are presently working with both law enforcement and a third-party security firm. They have alerted all impacted users of the incident. By this point, you should have already received some type of communication from the company.

According to the official statement put out by 500PX, when the hackers gained access, they were able to glean at least some, (and possibly all) information contained in the user’s profile. This information includes user name, password, location, any biographical information you may have entered, your education, and your photo (if you’ve included one in your profile).

The company took the step of force-resetting all user passwords, including those they do not believe to have been impacted by the breach. So the next time you log in, don’t let that take you by surprise.

It should go without saying, but if you’re still using the same password across multiple web properties, it’s a practice you need to stop immediately.  If you’ve used the same password you use on 500PX on some other site, be sure to change it as well. Don’t give the hackers an easy way to cause you further harm.

Unfortunately, those are all the details we have about the breach currently. Although the company has promised to keep everyone updated as their investigation into the matter continues and as further details come to light.  In the immediacy, the most important next step is to log in and reset your password.

Chris Forte

Chris Forte, President and CEO of Olmec Systems, has been in the MSP workspace for the past 25 years. Chris earned his Master’s Degree from West Virginia University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He was a past member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a current member of the New Jersey Power Partners and Executive Association of New Jersey, where he has previously served on its board of directors. In his spare time, Chris enjoys traveling with his family. He also admits to being a struggling golfer and avid watcher of college football and basketball. He currently lives in Boonton Township, NJ with his wife, two daughters, son, and black lab Luna.