Another day, another massive cyberattack.
This time, it’s from Rambler, a Russian website and email service that’s essentially a version of Yahoo. The hack dates back to 2012, and 98 million accounts had their information exposed, including usernames, email addresses and passwords, according to LeakedSource, a data breach monitoring service.
Surprisingly, the Russian service didn’t encrypt any sensitive data, so it was easy for hackers to discern people’s passwords and information once they breached the database. In theory, it also means a malicious hacker could log into an account.
The cyberattack is the latest in a recent string of data breaches. A Russian social media site, VK.com, was hacked in late 2012 or early 2013 and exposed the data for its entire user base. Recently, the details of 70 million Dropbox accounts, from a breach dating back to 2012, were also leaked online. The music service Last.FM was also attacked that year, affecting 48 million users. LinkedIn and Myspace were also hacked in 2012.
LeakedSource has been publicizing and verifying most of these leaks throughout 2016. Anonymous parties forwarded LeakedSource the data from these hacks, and the service contacted users to judge the authenticity of the information. Once it verifies the data is accurate, LeakedSource uploads its info into a searchable database so users can see if their info was compromised.
And there’s more to come, according to LeakedSource. The service says it’s processing other “massive breaches” and will be announcing them slowly. “We have so many databases waiting to be added that if we were to add one per day it would still take multiple years to finish them all. We are also currently processing multiple more mega breaches so stay tuned to our Twitter,” LeakedSource wrote in its analysis of the Last.FM hack.