Yesterday I received an email in my inbox from a prominent gaming website, indicating that my account had been disabled due to “suspicious activity” and that I would need to reset my password. They then carefully explained that this was not due to a breach of their site, but instead likely due to my account credentials having been exposed either …
The big changes to NIST password recommendations we’ve been talking about are now official: NIST 800-63 is final. It’s important to know that this overhaul is about more than just passwords. It’s a full reworking of digital identity guidelines with a suite of new documents and a flexible approach to using them.
The continued barrage of reports about data breaches and account hijacking, make it painfully clear that the way organizations are managing password-based security is missing something. When we look at how cybercriminal tactics have evolved, and how compromised credential attacks have impacted these methods, one answer to the problem of the password becomes clear.
NIST suggests passwords should be screened against commonly-used, expected, or compromised passwords. This is intended to ensure passwords are not found in common cracking dictionaries that would make them easy to guess. These checks can occur at account creation and password reset. But then what? How do you know if they are still safe after time?
PasswordPing announces a new partnership providing LastPass customers with a quick and easy way to screen for individual and enterprise user credentials against a database of billions of compromised credentials. With PasswordPing, LastPass is able to identify high risk end users and put additional security measures in place, such as email alerts and real-time in-product notifications, to block account hijacking attempts and other fraudulent activities.
The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) just finalized new draft guidelines, completely reversing previous password security recommendations and upending many of the standards and best practices security professionals use when forming policies for their companies.
Hackers are actively targeting those 3rd party sellers using stolen and compromised credentials (a password and user name combo) to gain access to the seller’s accounts, costing them tens of thousands of dollars.
Last week, a breach notification site named LeakedSource was allegedly shut down by US law enforcement and much of their equipment confiscated. The reasons why they may have been targeted by law enforcement are unknown, although it’s possible to hazard some guesses as to why. Were they White Hat, Black Hat or Grey Hat?
Billions of user credentials (usernames and passwords) have been exposed publicly over the last few years. The natural question that comes up is “what do cybercriminals do with these stolen credentials?” Well, apart from using them to attempt logins to the breached website itself, the second most common thing cybercriminals will do with stolen credentials is to use them in an attack called “credential stuffing.”
Back in August, a hacker named peace_of_mind claimed to be selling a database containing credentials for 200 million Yahoo accounts.
At the time Yahoo indicated they were investigating the matter, but could not confirm.
Today, Yahoo confirmed that 500 million accounts were compromised in what we believe is the largest known data breach in history.