Following the news of the hack on daily deals site, LivingSocial which stole usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords of up to 50 million users, security firm Check Point is warning users to change their LivingSocial passwords quickly, and to be wary of phishing emails which may come from third-parties posing as LivingSocial to try and trick people into revealing other sensitive information.
Check Point UK MD Terry Greer-King said: “LivingSocial users should change their passwords quickly, even though the stolen passwords were encrypted: this protection can be cracked using easily-available programs.
“They should also be cautious about clicking on links in emails they receive purporting to be from LivingSocial. There’s a real risk that the stolen email addresses will be used to send phishing emails to users, to try and harvest more data such as credit card details.
“In 2012, businesses globally were reporting an average of nearly 70 attempted security attacks on their networks every week. For the attackers, this is just a numbers game.”