Security Update : Yesterday we wrote about a hacker putting up for sale a batch of 167 million LinkedIn user details on the Dark Web, of which 117 million entries contained account passwords in hashed format.
These passwords were hashed with the SHA1 algorithm. This is a strong data encryption algorithm, but it is a breakable system, given enough time and resources.
Additionally, in 2012, LinkedIn didn’t “salt” the passwords, meaning there were not random buffer bits added to the encrypted data to make it harder to break.
If you imagine the bad guys are going to have an easy time cracking these passwords, you aren’t wrong. Even the good guys had an easy time doing so.
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