Cybersecurity Firm LastPass Hacked; User Data Stolen

TIME

In an era of infinite passwords, each with slightly different requirements, LastPass — a company that allows customers to store their password collections online and access them with master passwords — seemed to many like a godsend. Until Monday, that is, after the company announced that hackers had broken into its system, gaining access to password reminders, e-mail addresses and even encrypted master passwords.

The combination of stolen data makes the hacking comparatively serious: simple codes such as “123456” can be hacked easily, regardless of encryption, while reminders like “Where were you born?” can be easily solved using public information from social media or records. Many other passwords can be guessed through so-called “brute forcing,” or using rented computer server firepower to crack encryption, CNN reports.

The company discovered the digital security breach on Friday. “We are confident that our encryption measures are sufficient to protect the vast majority of…

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