MySpace hack reveals top password used was “homelesspa”
Leaked data search engine, LeakedSource has revealed that records for 360 million MySpace accounts are now available online.
Yes, MySpace, the social network that soared to popularity in the early 2000s before Facebook wrestled its way onto browsers everywhere, is seemingly still worth hacking.
According to LeakedSource, the data set contains email addresses, passwords, usernames and in some cases a secondary password for millions of users. The most popular password proved to be “homelesspa” which was used a total of 855 478 times.
LeakedSource believes that this password was automatically generated by MySpace. “The accounts with password “homelesspa” seem to be automatically generated as all the emails that use this password follow the same format,” a blog post reads.
Other popular passwords included “password1” (585 503 instances), “abc123 (569 825 instances)” and “123456” (487 945 instances). Other passwords that proved popular on MySpace include: iloveyou, princess1, blink182 and password2.
Sign (in) of the times
While @gmail.com emails are pretty common today, the MySpace data dumped revealed that as many as 126 million MySpace accounts used @yahoo.com email addresses. That should give you a fairly good idea of how old the website is.
The second most-used domain was @hotmail.com (79 million instances) and the third was @gmail.com with only 25 million accounts.
LeakedSource was also quick to point out that many of the passwords were under 10 characters long and very few of them contained an uppercase letter. This makes them easier to decrypt if a malicious individual wanted to switch around your Top 8 and start a war among your friends.
If you’re worried that your MySpace account has been hacked and hackers are seeing your private messages, you can visit the LeakedSource website to search for your details using the email address or username associated with your account.[Source – LeakedSource] [Image – CC BY/2.0 Robert Scoble]