8 Million Accounts Exposed in We Heart It Data Breach

8 Million Accounts Exposed in We Heart It Data Breach

October 16, 2017         Written By Natalie Rutledge

We Heart It has informed users that about eight million accounts may have been compromised.

The image-sharing site, which at its peak was used by about 40 million teens, said exposed information includes usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords for accounts created between 2008 and November 2013. While the passwords were encrypted, the company warns they are not secure.

“At this time we have found no evidence of unauthorized logins or wrongdoing. However, the encryption algorithms commonly used to encrypt passwords in 2013 are no longer secure due to advancements in computer hardware,” the company said in its announcement.

Anyone who created an account after 2013, or who has updated their password in the intervening years, should be in the clear, as the company said they have improved their security protocols as well as password and database security since this time. However, the company is urging users who have not updated their password since 2013 to do so immediately. They also advised affected consumers to change their password on other sites where the same password is used.

We Heart It has emailed affected users and said they are investigating the incident.

The company said they were notified of the breach by security researcher Troy Hunt.



The information contained within this article was accurate as of October 16, 2017. For up-to-date
information on any of the terms, cards or offers mentioned above, visit the issuer's website.


natalierutledge

About Natalie Rutledge

Natalie Rutledge majored in Communications at Mississippi State University. She was in sales for a number of businesses and spent nine years working as a communications advisor to various entities. Natalie can be contacted directly at natalie@lowcards.com
View all posts by Natalie Rutledge
Featured Low Interest Card
Top Features : 1.25X miles on every purchase; no annual fee; bonus of 20,000 miles once $1,000 is spent in first 3 months
Featured Cash Back Card
Top Features : No Annual Fee, Bonus Offer, Cash Back
Featured No Annual Fee Card
Top Features : Earn cash back twice. 1% when you buy plus 1% as you pay; 0% APR for 18 months on balance transfers
Featured Bad Credit Card
Top Features : No Annual Fee; Cash Back match at the end of your first year; Social Security Alerts
Featured Fair Credit Card
Top Features : No annual fee; access to higher credit line after making first 5 monthly payments on time
Featured Limited/No Credit
Top Features : No annual fee; reports to major credit bureaus; access to higher credit line after making first 5 monthly payments on time