Roughly 100 million accounts of popular Russian search engine and portal Rambler.ru were recently leaked online, according to a report by LeakedSource. According to them, back in February 2012, someone was able to hack into Rambler, leaking 98,167,935 accounts, containing information such as usernames, email addresses, passwords, and ICQ addresses.
What makes the issue worse is that the leaked passwords were only stored as plain text, and were not encrypted or hashed in any way. This means that anyone who gets a hold of the usernames and passwords can easily take them for their own business.
In an analysis by LeakedSource, it seems that many accounts have been using the usual bad passwords. The top entry was "asdasd," which was used 723,039 times, with others like "asdasd123," "123456," "000000," and "666666" making the list. It makes the breach even more concerning knowing that Rambler also provides email service, potentially leaking other personal data.
These materials were provided by someone with the address "firstname.lastname@example.org," who was also reportedly responsible for providing details regarding the Last.fm mega breach in 2012. LeakedSource made the data available for anyone, so anyone who might be concerned about their account's security can search on their website.
Just recently, pornographic site Brazzers also suffered a massive data breach, with almost 800,000 accounts being compromised.
At this point, in light of these data leaks, we advise our readers to use strong passwords for their accounts on websites they visit. It always pays to have a secure account, even in such incidents.