2016 has been the host for multiple cyber-attacks on major organizations. This has resulted in the compromise of privacy or account ownership of millions of users worldwide. Weebly and Foursquare has announced a data breach, joining other dominant players in the market such as Yahoo, LinkedIn, MySpace, Dropbox, Tumbler and VK.com.
In February, Weebly, a San-Francisco based organization, which is a drag-n-drop website creator, was a victim of a massive data breach which left them losing about 43 million accounts to be stolen. Leaked Source was supplied all the accounts from an anonymous source. These accounts contained IP addresses, username, email address and passwords. Among all these horrific news of stolen accounts and leaked privacy issues, one sliver of hope is that credit card or other financial information was not lost or taken. Weebly does not store any credit card data on their servers as confirmed by LeakedSource. The passwords were encrypted with a hashing algorithm bcrypt, which prevented the hackers from obtaining the users’ actual passwords.
A statement was issued by Weebly to its users that said, “We do not believe that any customer website has been improperly accessed”. However, they have sent password rest emails to their users.
LeakedSource posted in their blog regarding the details of the cyber hack and they also said that and we quote, “Unlike nearly every other hack, the Co-founder and CTO of Weebly Chris Fanini fortunately did not have his head buried deeply in the sand and actually responded to our communication requests”. “We have been working with them to ensure the security of their users meaning password resets as well as notification emails are now being sent out.”
The parting words from this situation are, even if they said that accounts were not improperly accessed, it is a safer option to reset the password of your Weebly account.