EHarmony Sister Site Hacked
Online dating site eHarmony is assuring users their stored information is safe after a hacker broke into to a forum-based website owned by the company.
Some data was obtained without authorization from an ancillary informational site we operate, eHarmony Advice, eHarmony posted yesterday (Feb. 10) on its blog.
The blog says that a hacker accessed a file on Advice.eharmony.com that included user names, e-mail addresses and hashed passwords (keys that encrypt and decrypt e-mails), which could be used to get into the advice site's message boards.
The extent of the damage caused by the breach is minimal, eHarmony says, because the two sites use separate databases and Web servers, allowing for little overlap if one site's data is illegally obtained.
As a result, at no point during this attack did the hacker successfully get inside our eHarmony network, the company said.
According to security researcher Brian Krebs, the eHarmony hack began last December. Monitoring underground hacker forums, Krebs discovered a user going by the screen name of Provider who was claiming to have access to the stolen dating siteâ??s databases and was selling the info from $2,000 to $3,000.
EHarmony has sent out e-mails to its users notifying them of the data breach and urging them to change their passwords.
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