Misery loves company, though that probably won't come as much consolation to social networking site LinkedIn, which is now joined by at least two other sites that suffered a serious security breach at the hands of the same band of hackers. Both Last.fm and eHarmony issued separate statements confirming that some user passwords may have been compromised in the recent hacker attack.
"After investigating reports of compromised passwords, we have found that a small fraction of our user base has been affected," eHarmony stated in a blog post.
eHarmony said it's sending emails to its members instructing them on how to reset their passwords, along with a few tips on how to create a strong password, which include using at least 8 characters with a mix of lowercase/uppercase letters and numbers, creating different passwords for different websites, and changing passwords every few months.
Last.fm posted a message saying it's "currently investigating the leak of some Last.fm user passwords," which "follows recent password leaks on other sites, as well as information posted online. As a precautionary measure, we're asking all our users to change their passwords immediately."
It was initially thought that only LinkedIn was the victim of these hacker attacks, in which a list of encrypted passwords were posted to a Russian website.