It’s no secret that most people use the same password over and over again for most of the services they sign up for. While it’s obviously convenient, this becomes a major problem if one of those services is compromised. And that looks to be the case with RockYou, the social network app maker.
Over the weekend, the security firm Imperva issued a warning to RockYou that there was a serious SQL Injection flaw in their database. Such a flaw could grant hackers access to the the service’s entire list of user names and passwords in the database, they warned. Imperva said that after it notified RockYou about the flaw, it was apparently fixed over the weekend. But that’s not before at least one hacker gained access to what they claim is all of the 32 million accounts. 32,603,388 to be exact. The best part? The database included a full list of unprotected plain text passwords. And email addresses. Wow.
The hacker has posted a sample of what they found. They have blanked out the passwords for now, but warns, “Don’t lie to your customers, or i will publish everything.” As far as we can tell, RockYou hasn’t issued a warning about this to its users yet. We’ve reached out to the company, but have yet to hear back.
Update: Here’s the statement we were given by RockYou on the situation:
“On December 4, RockYou’s IT team was alerted that the user database on RockYou.com had been compromised, potentially revealing some personal identification data for approximately 30M registered users on RockYou.com. RockYou immediately brought down the site and kept it down until a security patch was in place. RockYou confirms that no application accounts on Facebook were impacted by this hack and that most of the accounts affected were for earlier applications (including slideshow, glitter text, fun notes) that are no longer formally supported by the company. RockYou has secured the site and is in the process of informing all registered users that the hack took place.”
They also say that they plan to issue the following email to users in the next 24 hours:
Dear RockYou user,
As you know, RockYou takes our users privacy very seriously. We take
a lot of effort to protect user data from security breaches and attacks.
Unfortunately, RockYou has very recently learned that it encountered a security breach. As part of this breach, it is possible that someone may have accessed at least your email address and password for the RockYou system. We felt it was important to notify you of this immediately so that you could take any action you feel necessary to protect your privacy.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We are sorry for any problems this has caused you.
The RockYou team
Hmm “we felt it was important to notify you immediately” … 10 days later? And what’s the excuse for the plain-text passwords? FAIL.
Update: The news only gets worse as it is discovered that RockYou were storing third-party passwords: RockYou Hack: From Bad to Worse.
[photo: flickr/naughty architect]