Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Attacks/Breaches

1/10/2019
03:45 PM
50%
50%

Reddit Alerts Users to Possible Account Breaches

User lockouts, combined with requirements for new passwords, indicate an attack on accounts at the popular social media platform.

Popular social media platform Reddit has notified users that some of them have been locked out of their accounts because of suspicious activity. It was most likely the users' own fault, the company said, but engineers were working to fix the problem.

The blog post, authored by "Sporkicide," read, in part:

A large group of accounts were locked down due to a security concern. By "security concern," we mean unusual activity that did not correspond to the account's normal behavior that may indicate unauthorized access.

It went on to say that weak passwords used on multiple accounts made account takeover and misuse much easier.

Some security experts noted that the reported activity fit the profile of a specific attack. In an emailed statement to Dark Reading, Jarrod Overson, director of engineering at Shape Security, wrote, "Whenever there is a massive account takeover wave unrelated to a system compromise, it is very likely it is due to a credential stuffing attack." He explained that credential stuffing involves using automated tools to use usernames and passwords stolen from one site to try to gain access to another.

Overson noted, "Accounts that have built up credibility on services like Reddit are extremely valuable for criminals. They can use those accounts to push malicious content, to exploit other users, and coordinate masses of accounts can make content appear to go viral legitimately."

In the blog post notifying users of the issue, Reddit recommended that users use strong passwords unique to each service they frequent, and enable two-factor authentication whenever possible.

For more, read here.

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
7 Truths About BEC Scams
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer,  6/13/2019
DNS Firewalls Could Prevent Billions in Losses to Cybercrime
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  6/13/2019
Cognitive Bias Can Hamper Security Decisions
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  6/10/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
Building and Managing an IT Security Operations Program
As cyber threats grow, many organizations are building security operations centers (SOCs) to improve their defenses. In this Tech Digest you will learn tips on how to get the most out of a SOC in your organization - and what to do if you can't afford to build one.
Flash Poll
The State of IT Operations and Cybersecurity Operations
The State of IT Operations and Cybersecurity Operations
Your enterprise's cyber risk may depend upon the relationship between the IT team and the security team. Heres some insight on what's working and what isn't in the data center.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2019-12855
PUBLISHED: 2019-06-16
In words.protocols.jabber.xmlstream in Twisted through 19.2.1, XMPP support did not verify certificates when used with TLS, allowing an attacker to MITM connections.
CVE-2013-7472
PUBLISHED: 2019-06-15
The "Count per Day" plugin before 3.2.6 for WordPress allows XSS via the wp-admin/?page=cpd_metaboxes daytoshow parameter.
CVE-2019-12839
PUBLISHED: 2019-06-15
In OrangeHRM 4.3.1 and before, there is an input validation error within admin/listMailConfiguration (txtSendmailPath parameter) that allows authenticated attackers to achieve arbitrary command execution.
CVE-2019-12840
PUBLISHED: 2019-06-15
In Webmin through 1.910, any user authorized to the "Package Updates" module can execute arbitrary commands with root privileges via the data parameter to update.cgi.
CVE-2019-12835
PUBLISHED: 2019-06-15
formats/xml.cpp in Leanify 0.4.3 allows for a controlled out-of-bounds write in xml_memory_writer::write via characters that require escaping.