Hackers Leak Thousands of Passwords Because This is How We Live Now [Updated]

By Matt Novak on at

Update: Xbox Live was one of the services that hackers claimed to have breached, but a Microsoft representative has got in touch with us to ease any fears, saying:

"We have no evidence of a security breach in Xbox Live services. Microsoft takes the security of our customers’ data very seriously and employs a team of professionals to monitor and manage the security of the services that process and store customer data. We recommend our members visit our dedicated Xbox Live Security page at http://xbox.com/security to learn how to help protect their account.”

That does cast some doubt about whether the other services mentioned have actually been breached, but we'd recommend being cautious just in case.

So, um, it's probably a good day to change your passwords. For everything. Anonymous made good on a promise to release about 13,000 passwords and credit card information for a couple dozen sites — including Amazon, Walmart, Hulu Plus, Playboy, and Xbox Live, among many others.

As the Daily Dot notes, some people have been hesitant to call this an official Anonymous hack. But since the organisation is decentralised and leaderless, it's hard to say that anything is or isn't done in the name of Anonymous. You could right now go take a dump on your neighbour's porch and claim that you were part of Anonymous and no one would stop you. Well, your neighbour might try to stop you. But you get the point.

The Daily Dot also has a pretty comprehensive list of sites that you might want to change your passwords for. Also, be on the look-out for any weird charges. Just 13,000 usernames and passwords isn't a huge hack, but they targeted plenty of sites that you probably use. Oh and lots of porn sites that you may want to just let your... friend... know about... [Daily Dot]

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