Date: 2015-06-10

Compromised user accoutns: Not disclosed

A popular password management service, LastPass, has its user database compromised.

LastPass account email addresses, password reminders, server per user salts, and authentication hashes were compromised. LastPass did not disclose why the compromise happened.

The salted user master passwords where exposed to the attacker. A weak master password could lead to the compromise of the whole password vault of a user. All users were prompted to change their master passwords. LastPass does third factor authentication on its users, claiming this could have protected the potential victims.

LastPass post-mortem has a lot of talk about what they are going to do increase the security. However the actual root cause of incidence is not addressed.

The incident shows trusting a third party password management service is not always a good idea.

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