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Your Password Could Have Been Compromised In 2012

By October 10, 2016March 2nd, 2023Blog, Cybersecurity

ifxyouAre you familiar with the music service, If you used the service at any point in 2012, your password could be compromised.

This is the latest find announced by LeakedSource, which provides an online listing of data breaches from around the web, as well as a repository that contains copies of the stolen data. The data that LeakedSource obtained a copy of includes user names, email addresses and passwords of some 43 million of’s users.

2012 seems to have been a very good year for hackers around the world. In recent months, similar databases have turned up with personal and confidential information belonging to tens of millions of users from other big name sites, including Yahoo, LinkedIn and more.

It gets worse, however. Although had taken steps to encrypt the passwords, LeakedSource said in a recent statement that they were able to decrypt some 96% of those passwords in a matter of just two hours.

Of the 43 million user accounts compromised, more than 9 million were registered with Hotmail email accounts, and another 8 million with Gmail accounts. Unfortunately, a significant percentage of users tend to use the same password across multiple websites. It’s entirely possible that some of those millions of users had their password set the same as their email password for the sake of convenience, and in those cases, the hackers have had unfettered access to your emails for years.

Maybe you’ve gotten lucky. Maybe nothing has happened to you. That could change at any moment, but it’s certainly possible.

To be safe, though, be sure to change your password if you were a user in 2012, and definitely be sure that you’re using a different password on every site you frequent. Better still, since many sites offer two-factor authentication these days, take advantage of that for additional security.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.