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Database Goof Endangers Thousands of Mozilla Developers’ Credentials

People gather in the Firefox booth at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain.

People gather in the Firefox booth at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain. // Manu Fernandez/AP

Encrypted passwords of 4,000 developers, who help the organization that built the popular Web browser Firefox, have been exposed and perhaps exploited by hackers, Ars Technica reports.

The logins and roughly 76,000 email addresses were on a publicly accessible server from June 23 through much of July, according to a Mozilla blog post.

“There is no indication the data was accessed, but Mozilla officials investigating the disclosure can't rule out the possibility,” Ars reports. “Hackers who might have managed to crack the hashes wouldn't be able to use the passwords to access Mozilla Developer Network accounts, but they may be able to access other user accounts secured with the same cracked passcode.”

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