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PSA: 500px hacked with personal data of 14.8 million accounts affected

By Cookie Monster - on 17 Feb 2019, 10:00am

PSA: 500px hacked with personal data of 14.8 million accounts affected

500px revealed via an email to users and an announcement on its website that it suffered a hack in 2018 and the personal data of 14.8 million accounts could be exposed.

The company shared that its engineering team became aware of a potential security issue affecting certain user profile data on 8 February. 500px launched a review of its systems and engaged a third-party expert to assist in its investigation. Law enforcement authorities are also assisting on this matter. 

Preliminary investigations indicate that an unauthorized party gained access to the system and obtained partial user data on 5 July 2018. Personal data that could be affected include the first and last name, the username, the email address associated with the 500px login, a hash of the password, country, city/state/province, birth date and gender. 

500px states that there is no evidence to indicate unauthorized access of any user account or other data associated with the user profile being affected by the hack. It has taken measures to protect users' data by vetting access to servers, databases, and other sensitive data-storage services.

The company is also monitoring the soure code, both public-facing and internal, to guard against security issues. Leading experts in cyber security have been engaged to strengthen the website, mobile apps, internal systems and security processes. 

To protect users, 500px is resetting all account passwords and require users to click the link in the email to reset their passwords. Make the new password really long and include a good mix of different characters so that it is harder to guess or crack. Here's a guide on how to create stronger passwords.

Source: 500px