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LivingSocial's breach draws advice from security experts

John P. Mello Jr. | April 29, 2013
The cyber attack Friday on the Internet deal site LivingSocial that forced it to reset the passwords of some 50 million users has elements of what's becoming an all too familiar storyline.

He explained that the data stolen from LivingSocial could be used at other sites to compromise a user's account using the site's password verification systems.

"Given that the organization went to the trouble of encrypting passwords, then why didn't they extend that to the rest of the data?" he asked. "To hear of another breach of this extent with clear data being exposed of any kind, when its trivially simple to avoid it by using data-centric protection, is alarming."

 

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