8 Million We Heart It Accounts and Passwords Exposed


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We Heart It, an imaging sharing site, notified users Oct. 13 of a breach that may have exposed 8 million users’ email addresses, usernames and encrypted passwords.

Though waning in popularity, the site and accompanying app were primarily used by 15 to 24 years olds to share fashion, photography and other visual media, according to TechCrunch.

A company statement said its account database was leaked “several years ago” and impacts accounts created between 2008 and November 2013. Even though the passwords were encrypted, the company said users should update their passwords if they haven’t changed since 2013 or are used on other sites.

“The encryption algorithms commonly used to encrypt passwords in 2013 are no longer secure due to advancements in computer hardware,” the company said, adding that it has started encrypting passwords with the bcrypt algorithm.