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Hackers Unlock Millions of VK Accounts in Russia

By Nextrio on November 25th, 2016 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmailby feather

In today’s society, you need a quality IT company to help you devise and enforce a cyber security plan. If you don’t protect your company as carefully as possible, you could find yourself dealing with security breaches, data hacks, and stolen information. This is what happened to a social media website in Russia, and it had serious repercussions for users as well as owners of the website. Keep reading to see how hackers unlocked millions of VK accounts in Russia.

VK.com

Russia’s VK.com is much like Facebook, in that it is a go-to social media site with an incredible base of users. Facebook was even a primary inspiration for VK.com, and as such it includes many of the same features, such as profiles, photos, and personal messages. Although the founder of this company has sold his stake and moved on to pursue other projects, VK.com has had more than 100 million users since 2014.

The Hack

Although the actual date of the VK.com hack is unknown, it is presumed to have happened between 2011 and 2013 and compromised phone numbers, account passwords, and email addresses. Interestingly, there was no need to crack the account passwords; they were already in plain text at the time of the hack.

Implications

Part of the reason that this hack was so successful was the simplicity of the passwords. Hundreds of thousands of accounts used the same simple passwords, so individual account security could have been much better. It helps to create unique passwords for every website you use in order to protect yourself from such a threat.